Editor chat summary: 1 September, 2021

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held in Slack. Moderated by @annezazu.


GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 11.4 launched

Release notes coming soon after a quick fix. For now, some highlights:

  • The Gallery BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. now acts as a wrapper for coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Image Blocks thanks to the Gallery Block Refactor. PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party and theme authors, please do check out out this dev note to get up to speed on backwards compatibility
  • The Featured ImageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. block now has the option to add duotone filters so you now have even more ways to add your own style to your content.
  • Padding support was added to the Buttons Block making it easier to get the spacing just right.

5.8.1 RCrelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). launches today (Sept 1)

Based on the schedule previously shared, 5.8.1 RC will launch today with the release coming on September 8th. If you can, please help test the release.

Final day for the current FSE call for testing (Sept 1 )

It’s the last day to explore the current FSE Outreach Program call for testing. If you have time, share your thoughts! If you don’t, please help amplify by sharing with others.

Reminder: monthly block theme meeting in #themereview

A reminder was shared that there is a block theme meeting in for anyone keen to chat about what’s happening with block themes. This is a recurring monthly meeting so if you missed today’s, don’t worry!

Monthly Priorities & Key Project Updates

The overarching plan for September has not yet been shipped yet so we based today’s conversation on the July & August Plan. As a reminder to those working on these projects, async updates are both welcomed if you can’t make the meeting and needed.

Navigation Editor

For the Navigation Editor portion, @talldanwp shared a lovely update. Here are some highlights:

  • A plan has been formed for migrating from the customize APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. to the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. in the navigation editor.
  • The nav editor headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.’s design has been refreshed.
  • Some conversation is underway around extensibility of the editor (join in if you’re interested)



  • Block picker search

 Notable fixes:

  • Fixed an npm install breakage on Gutenberg’s trunk branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". due to third-party dependency we were building that had an unpinned typescript dependency.

In Progress:

  • Embed block (hoping to release some inline previews in our next release)
  • GSS Font size, line height, colors


For patterns, some context was shared amongst the core editor wranglers from @paaljoachim that the design tool overview enhancements will ultimately also trickle down to make pattern creation easier, more responsive, etc.


I’m going to reuse part of the async update from André since he’s done a ton of work there. Lots of work is underway with adding duotone support in theme.json along with a PR around enabling global styles to all themes. Expect work to continue on this path for the week ahead.

No update for the Template Editor or the Navigation Block

If anyone has any context to add around the Template Editor or the Navigation Block, feel free to chime in below in the comments.

Task Coordination

Feel free to add items to this post if you weren’t able to make the meeting.



  • Closed 32024 via [51677]. Thanks everyone for your help, including with the follow-up tests commit! 
  • Opened two Video Block poster related PRs (34415 and 34411).

This week, planning to investigate 33437.




  • I’ve worked a bit on performance. I want to get back to some layout related work.
  • I’ve reviewed a number of PRs as well.
  • I’ve spent some time this week exploring some wild ideas for block registration (both to make easier and more universal/language independent). For the curious, the repo is here https://github.com/youknowriad/blocky it’s no where near ready but I’d love to learn more about your custom blocks, if you have examples or ideas about how you’d ideally write them and what use-cases would you want to see for the simplified “view” property.




  • Recapping and responding to the current call for testing for the outreach program.
  • Finalizing the next call for testing(more exploration than call for testing right now on theme switching).
  • Drafting some core editor improvement posts + assisting with an upcoming News post
  • Shipped a YouTube video all about patterns.
  • Triaging unlabeled PRs (down from over 100 to in the 20s). The unlabeled PRs that are left I am not quite sure what to do with so feel free to jump in.

Open Floor

Offer to run a Gutenberg Release for the first time. Raised by @mikeschroder.

If folks are interested, after shadowing @talldanwp (thanks again!), I would love to try running a Gutenberg release for the first time. Whenever it works best for the team is okay with me!

Next step: @priethor will coordinate since he helps wrangle the release process.

Proposed migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. of E2E specs to Playwright. Raised by Bart Kalisz.

A proof concept was shared and well received thus far as part of a proposed migration to Playwright. At this point, a wider discussion needs to happen with impacted parties to ensure that folks are willing to follow the proposed changes. A few folks chimed in agreeing that a wider discussion needs to happen along with perhaps a comparison with Cypress (mentioned by @swissspidy). Depending on how things go, a Make Core post might make sense.

Next steps: Bart alerted the crew in #core-test and @annezazu will ensure that it gets discussed in the Core Dev meeting for wider attention.

Call for community ideas for FSE Outreach testing calls. Raised by @annezazu.

I’d love to start experimenting with community members sharing ideas for what to test in the outreach program. If you’d like to suggest an idea for a call for testing, know it’s very welcomed and all ideas will be weighed against current project priorities to figure out what makes the most sense to pursue. You can share ideas directly in the #fse-outreach-experiment slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel or via DM to me! In case you’re curious about how calls for testing have been wrangled in the past, it’s typically been a combination of monthly project priorities/release priorities + my own testing/what I can make happen + conversations with contributors.

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