Navigation Editor and Block Hallway Hangout

Date: October 13, 2021, 10:00 UTC

Format: Zoom (recorded). A link will be shared in the #feature-navigation-block-editor slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel shortly before the meeting is due to commence.

Length: 60mins.

Goal: Discuss Navigation Editor and 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. goals for 5.9 and beyond.

Details: There are some recent proposed changes to the Navigation Editor and Block that would change some aspects of the project. See the post in slack for more information ( This hallway hangout will be assembled to discuss how the project should proceed.


Intended Audience: past and future contributors to the Navigation Editor and Block. Contributors to other related parts of WordPress.

Note Taker: any volunteers to be the official note keeper?


  • Introduction
    • Facilitator and attendee introductions
    • Brief recap of Navigation Editor and Block projects to date
    • Recap of Navigation Editor goals to date
  • Discussion
    • Discuss the proposals for making the Navigation Block ‘reusable’. What are the block’s requirements for Full Site Editing?
    • How should the Navigation Block work with Classic Menu data for block-based themes (in a Full Site Editing context)?
    • How can the Navigation Editor can be made to work with this future Navigation Block?
      • Discuss the case of classic menu editing in the Navigation Editor for classic themes that do not support block-based menus.
        • Discuss backwards compatibility requirements and potential solutions.
      • Discuss the case of classic themes that could opt-in to showing block-based menus in their theme locations.
    • Have the goals for the Navigation Editor changed?
    • Discuss the proposed roadmap.
  • Summary
    • Briefly discuss next steps
      • Reworking the tracking issues / project board
      • Making WordPress post summarising results

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