Editor chat summary: 13 October, 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/ 11.7 is set to be released today with some wrangling around any critical bug fixes
  • It’s the last day to explore the current #fse-outreach-experiment call for testing. Share your feedback here!
  • The WordPress 5.9 Go/no go is coming up tomorrow. Stay tuned for more insights after that completes. 
  • Share your full site editing related questions by October 27th!
  • Check out this post to get a peak of the future from @critterverse on design explorations for 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. theme switching.

Monthly Priorities & Key Project Updates

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

Mobile Team


  • Use theme colors in htmlHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. mode


  • Small fixes for embed block and help screen

In Progress

  • Embed block improvements
  • GSS Font size, line height, colors

Navigation Block & Navigation Editor

The crew working on these projects had a hallway hangout today to chat through the state of their work. There is a longer takeaway here from @spacedmonkey until notes are posted but for now, here’s a TLDR: Focus is on the navigation block / experience in FSE and the nav editor is blocked until the block lands.

Template editor

In 11.7, there are two changes impacting this general area of work:


A PR landed for 11.8 that changes the initial patterns shown to be from a featured list of patterns from the directory rather than an underwhelming alphabetical order. This should really help folks see the power of patterns more readily!



 In Progress:

Task Coordination

Feel free to add items to this post if you weren’t able to make the meeting. As a reminder, never be shy in sharing what you’re working on! It can sometimes be intimidating to see sponsored contributors share all they are doing but remember it all counts and is so appreciated.


  • I’m continuing exploration for remaining individual block locking items. Some decisions are needed before I can start building UIUI User interface, and I would appreciate your feedback.
  • I created a small PR to hide the “Move to” option when the block is locked.
  • I will try address Andre’s feedback re parent/child theme.json merging feature this week.
  • Also created PR to correctly use data for customTemplates from the theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.




  • I will continue supporting folks working on WordPress components.
  • This week in particular, I believe we’re going to focus on improving  the ColorPickerFontSizePickerToggleGroupControl  any other control components used in Global Styles sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme., while coordinating the adoption of ToolsPanel in the Typography Tools


  • I’ve been working on this PR that adds a Pattern block — giving themes a way to translate strings that appear inside block templates.
  • Keeping an eye on this overview issue in Twenty Twenty-Two where we’re tracking some issues which would really help the next default theme

Open Floor

Lovely kudos to the team. Shared by Steve Dwire.

Just want to give a big thank you to everyone contributing so much.  I’m finally getting back to theme development after years of neglect, and most of my to-do list is already being addressed by coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team.  THANK YOU!

Please help review this PR that would move an API from experimental to stable. Raised by @fabiankaegy.

As noted by Fabian, this PR touches many areas and would be a huge win for 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 developers, particularly because it would make building custom blocks with inner blocks so much easier.

Next step: @annezazu will follow up to see if we can get a review in place or figure out what the priority is.

How can we liven up these open floor moments and use the GitHub Discussions section better? Raised by @annezazu.

For a while now, the open floor section of the meeting has been fairly quiet/uneventful, which feels a bit like a missed opportunity to connect and share ideas. We chatted about both re-sharing interesting discussions from the GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ Discussions section in the meeting and having a nice interplay where perhaps a discussion from Core Editor ends up there to continue async. Many folks don’t check that part of GitHub right now so it might help bring larger attention and use there. If other folks have ideas/suggestions, do share in future meeting since this seems to be a longstanding pattern.

On hallway hangouts, a PR ahead of 5.9, and speaking at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Italia. Raised by @overclokk.

The topic of language barriers with hallway hangouts was brought up as not everyone is comfortable speaking in English but might still want to join hallway hangouts. This was a great chance to share that hallway hangouts don’t require speaking – you can join, listen in, and leave whenever you want. At the same time though, it would be neat to see them done in other languages and to have folks join who aren’t as comfortable with English in order to give feedback about how we can make them more inclusive.

From there, we chatted briefly about an issue raised that impacts block themes and that is important to review ahead of 5.9. Finally, we all sent good vibes and luck to @overclokk ahead of his FSE presentation!

Help review the Autogenerate heading anchors PR. Raised by @paaljoachim.

This PR impacts larger work around a table-of-contents block so it would be lovely to continue to move this forward.

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