Editor chat summary: February 9th, 2022

This post summarizes the weekly editor chat meeting (agenda here) held on 2022-02-09 14:00 UTC in Slack. Moderated by @andraganescu.

The meeting followed a new format with shorter formal updates and more space for open floor discussion. Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts on this new format as a comment under the proposal post as that discussion will steer future #core-editor meeting agendas.

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 12.5.4 is published.

@ntsekouras mentioned these point releases were about fixing small regressions with escaping htmlHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. in blocks.


  • WordPress 5.9.1 has a tentative release date on February 16th, 2022.
  • We’re looking for release leads for Editor and CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

Async key project updates

We used to exchange key project updates synchronously during the chat. However, many of the key Gutenberg projects sustain a regular cadence of updates on their tracking issues on 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/.

This week we tried async updates. The attendees are encouraged to read the latest updates directly from the following tracking issues at everyone’s leisure:

Task Coordination




  • Currently working on transforming the file 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. so it supports innerblocks. It was initially just a plaintext bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. but I think more is needed.
  • Hoping to coordinate with @gziolo to improve contributor docs for Gutenberg.


  • Had our first Gutenberg Developer Hours,
  • Feb 22, 2022 16:00 UTC will be the next event.


  •  I opened a PR about replacing clipboard-js with calls to the native Clipboard 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.

Open Floor

Adding the ability to create a new post from the block editor

  • @aurooba mentioned this should be discussed more thorroughly,
  • it was suggested to move the discussion in the design channel.

Moving ahead with table block improvements

Participate in the “All things media” exploration

Is there an API of sorts to extend the site editor

  • @robruiz asked if the site editor can be extended,
  • @mamaduka and @andraganescu suggested the normal slot/fill system for block editors is also present in the site editor and that most slots should be available for extenders.

Participate in the discussion about the new style engine

  • @andrewserong invited folks to participate in the PR in progress to add in a new style engine package to Gutenberg. 

Should we stip HTML tags in plain text pasting?

  • @kirtangajjar brought up a PR about fixing the removal of HTML tags in plain text on paste,
  • Rich text PRs were acknowledged to move rather slowly because of the foundational role of the component,
  • The PR is in a state where it’s unclear how to move forward.
  • @paaljoachim shared a musing on the usability of the animation of the “W” logo,
  • it was advised to move the conversation to design.

Please help with moving the enabling of the exhaustive deps rule

  • @mciampini brought up the PR opened by @kaihao to enable the react-hooks/exhaustive-deps rule in the Gutenberg project,
  • the PR is stale for about 1.5 years now,
  • help is needed to move it forward, as it is considered a good change and it got some new support via comments.

Some bugs in the editor

  • @sumitsingh shared two bugs,
  • it was suggested that he’d open new issues on the Gutenberg repository

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