Editor chat summary: 20 October, 2021

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held on  Wednesday, October 20 2021, 04:00 PM GMT+1. in Slack. Moderated by @paaljoachim.

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/ 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 releases

Gutenberg 11.8.0 RC Thanks to @vcanales for tackling the release.
What’s new in Gutenberg 11.7 release notes. Thanks to @zieladam for writing the notes and handling the release.


  • Navigation 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. and Navigation Editor Advances.
  • Global Styles and Full Site Editing improvements.
  • Columns Block for tweaking gaps and margins.
  • Link control – Create a page directly inside the link control.
  • A default alignment option – none.
  • + various other enhancements.

WordPress 5.9 Planning Roundup

Proposed WordPress 5.9 Schedule, scope, leads and how to help.

5.9 Priorities

Preliminary road to 5.9.

Full site editing Go/No-Go

WordPress 5.9 feature full site editing Go/No-Go.

Navigation Editor and Block

Summary: Navigation Editor and Block hallway hangout

What’s next in Gutenberg.

What’s next in Gutenberg: Mid-September.

Key project updates

Based on the scope for Site Editing projects.

Template Editor

Update from @noisysocks

Global Styling

Update from @jorgefilipecosta


Patterns explorer in modal PR by @ntsekouras.
Exploring a modal system for selecting patterns.

Navigation Block & Navigation Editor

Update from @get_dave

  • The Nav Editor will not be included in WordPress 5.9 – this is because: changes to the block are required for the editor to be a success (see below). We need to allow sufficient time to test the editor before any major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. and allow for community feedback.
  • Following the Hallway Hangout a summary was posted. The outcome was:
  • In the short term, contributor efforts will switch to the Nav block in order to resolve some of the underlying architectural issues
  • Specifically separating the navigation’s presentation from its data in order to make navigations reusable. This serves both the Nav Editor project and the WordPress 5.9 release in general.
  • The Navigation Editor will ultimately focus on manipulating the data of a navigation which is why the above work is a prerequisite for the project’s success.
  • Work on the Nav Editor will resume after WordPress 5.9. We will continue to focus on backwards compatibility whilst looking ahead to the world of blocks.
  • It’s unlikely that we will pursue a new “Classic Menu” block. Rather focusing on the Navigation block (or its data).
  • To this end @talldan has two important Nav block PRs which everyone is encouraged to test and provide feedback on.
  • Link to the Github Navigation Block & Navigation Editor issue.

Mobile Team

Update from @mattchowning

  • Shipped:
    Trigger embed bottom sheet when an embeddable url is pasted into a paragraph block
    Add ability to customize the text and background color in the search block
  • Fixes
    Small fixes for embed block and help screen
    Improve automatic dimming of cover block
  • In Progress
    Adding more tests for the Embed block
    GSS Font size, line height, colors

Task Coordination


The main idea is to end up with a Comment Query loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop. similar to the existing Query Loop we have for posts. You can check out the scope of the project in its tracking issue. This has been the progress so far:



  • Focused on bringing home the navigation block, and making a bunch of tiny PRs to shore up the numerous mostly small glitches.




  • Started plugin/theme outreach regarding Gallery Block Refactor 15 top plugins, responses 10, I’ll do a second attempt to reach the non-responsive. TY @Glen Davies
  •  I will connect with 12 more plugin developers this week, and tackle theme authors.
  • Awesome Live Q & A w/ Helen, Mark and Riad – Discussion “How we make building blocks easier.  Recording on YouTube
  • Developer Hours. We’ll start coordinating schedule and promotion next week.



Open Floor



  • WordPress 5.9 Feature Freeze is planned for November 9th. Last Gutenberg release to be included in 5.9 is 11.9 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)..
  • Check the WordPress 5.9 Must-Haves project board. Contributors are encouraged to add items and bugs that seem necessary to include in this major release.


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