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Found a bugbugA 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.?Create a ticket in the bug tracker.
“What’s new in GutenbergGutenbergThe 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/…” posts (labeled with the #gutenberg-newtagtagA directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.)) are posted following every Gutenberg release on a biweekly basis, discovering new features included in each release. As a reminder, here’s an overview of different ways to keep up with Gutenberg and the Full Site Editing project.
Provide patterns to select from when creating any post type
In WordPress 6.0, an APIAPIAn 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. was introduced that allows patterns to appear in a modal every time a user creates a new page so that, instead of starting from scratch, a user starts with content to work from. For example, this means a user could choose between patterns for a contact page or an about page and then just fill in the details that are unique to their site.
Thanks to feedback from the community, this release expands this feature to allow the same modal to be presented to a user on other post types. For example, if a user has a book post type, they could now be presented with different ways to show the book based on patterns in a modal (book cover on the left, description on the right, book cover in the center with description below, etc).
In order to take advantage of this new API powering the current experience, you need to include core/post-content in the blockTypes for your pattern and include the postTypes where you want the modal to show in the postTypes array. If postTypes are not provided the modal just appears on the page.
Create more template types in the editor
Expanding the types of templates that can be created from within the Site Editor continues to be a high priority to open up more creative options for folks to control every aspect of their site. With Gutenberg 13.6, it’s now possible to create a template for all of the posts of a specific post type (ex: single-$postType) and, to get more granular, a template for a specific post (ex: single-$postSlug). This is all handled with a very simple UI and doesn’t require needing to know post types identifiers or post slugs, making it easy to work with.
Other Notable Highlights
Gutenberg 13.6 includes several, more general enhancements and accessibility improvements.
Clearer layout controls
For example, the “Inherit Default Layout” controls have been updated to a more understandable toggle to help users and themers alike make the design decisions they want:
More keyboard shortcuts
Two keyboard shortcuts (Strikethrough or Inline Code) have been added and a previously missing keyboard shortcut to link to a post is now properly documented in the shortcuts modal:
Simplified post scheduler
The post scheduler UI has been updated to use “Today” and “Tomorrow” when possible to make the experience more readily understandable at a glance.
New template selection UI
Previously, the template selection options took up a lot of space in the sidebarSidebarA 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. to allow you to pick and choose what you wanted. With Gutenberg 13.6, this experience has switched to being a popover allowing it to take up far less space and blend in better experience-wise with other post details.
Explore the expanding theme.json engine
Gutenberg 13.6 builds on previous work to expand theme.json to allow you to create a cohesive design across blocks by allowing you to change the styles of all buttons. This relies on targeting elements which are pieces of the UI that appear in multiple blocks and whose style you should be able to change across all implementations. With this work, it means you can control a button’s style across your site in everything from the general Buttons blockBlockBlock 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. to the Search block.
For anyone building third-party blocks with buttons, this same feature can be used to interact with your block assuming the block you create provides the correct markup. Keep in mind that there’s a difference between changing the styles of an individual block on a page, which will just impact that block, and changing the style at the element level, which impacts all button blocks.
Alongside the button element, captions have also been included so you can control the style of captions across all blocks with captions, from an Image block to a Video block. That element controls the styles of captions across all the blocks. For now, captions can only be controlled using theme.json but, in the future, there will be a way to manage this in the UI.
Keep in mind that this work around targeting elements will be fairly contained as it only impacts items that can’t be codified as blocks (links, captions, buttons, etc). Because these new features are in the early stages of development, please test your themes and blocks and report any issues you might find. It all helps as development continues.
Accessibility continues to be a focus and this release has some improvements to focus management and adding in previously missing aria labels.
Increase fade intensity during spotlight mode. (40454)
Improvements to “inherit default layout” toggle. (41893)
Make it easier to select “Edit visually” when in “Edit as HTMLHTMLHyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers.. (41516)
Abbreviate post schedule date when possible. (41738)
Turn Template settings panel into a Template popover. (41925)
Expand the template types that can be added – single custom post typeCustom Post TypeWordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. and specific posts templates. (41189)
Add clear customizations to the template card. (41743)
Make the site editor headerHeaderThe 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. toolbar use the ARIA toolbar pattern. (41902)
Allow defining an aria-label in group blocks. (41744)
Add keyboard shortcut for Strikethrough (41910) and inline code (41816) in the format library.
Navigation submenus: Allow Escape key to close the submenu and focus trigger. (41774)
Show the link completer shortcut on the help modals. (41872)
Fix incorrect ‘_n’ usage in the block Editor. (41886)
BlockPreview: Fix ‘Infinity’ is invalidinvalidA resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. ‘minHeight’ value warning. (41766)
Compare against default categoryCategoryThe 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. in the settings instead of hardcoded slug. (41956)
Fix PHPPHPThe web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8.1 deprecation in the gallery block. (41193)
[Block Editor]: Fix content loss from replaceInnerBlocks with controlled blocks. (41948)
Fix action button spacing on the widgetWidgetA WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. editor. (41915)
Render duotone presets in pattern preview. (41249)
Fix impossible to outdent multiple list items. (41713)
Set selection to created block after split with Enter. (41899)
Transforms don’t take into account nested blocks. (41741)
Comments: Fix issue with custom font sizes and links color. (41627)
Only use the post-title if the featured imageFeatured imageA 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. is a link. (41775)
Always load block CSS from __experimentalStyle on global styles output. (42005)
Border Controls/Color Palette: Ensure popovers remain within small viewports. (41930)
ColorPicker: Remove horizontal scrollbar when using HSL or RGB color input types. (41646)
Color Controls: Allow popovers to remain within smaller viewports. (41929)
REST APIREST APIThe 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/.
Fix retrieving autosaves when using a custom rest_namespace. (41542)
Remove hardcoded references to rest namespace. (41950), (41951).
Continued the work refactor away from lodash usages in order to reduce the build size.
Remove Unrequired regex search on duotone supports. (42020)
Ensure only the main query is modified when resolving template for new posts. (40799)
Avoid calculating HTML block styles in useSelect. (42026)
Fix performance regressionregressionA software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. pasting due to removeWindowsFragments. (41907)
Add an explanation of how to set up the environment to run the performance test. (41883)
Add local dev notesdev noteEach important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include a description of the change, the decision that led to this change, and a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. to aid when doing work on schemas. (41968)
Fix Minor documentation inconsistencies on block attributes. (41468)
Add an example for the end-to-end tests snapshot update. (41999)
Fix documentation of Flex component to no longer be experimental. (41926)
Fix link to “Good First Review” issues in README. (41754)
Fix link to Flex component in FlexItem Readme. (41928)
Fix some small inconsistencies in the block editor documentation. (41861)
Update terminology and documentation of Style engine. (41964)
Update skip serialization documentation to reflect ability to target specific properties. (41277)
Add supports to basic sample code documentation. (41589)
Remove leftovers of legacy query-loopLoopThe 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. block. (41891)
Remove startBlankComponent from __experimentalBlockPatternSetup. (41721)
Move setting registration into WP 6.0 compat. (41985)
Add __experimentalUseResourcePermissions to make code simpler. (38785) ))
Remove Unnecessary ‘&& check’ as ‘optional chaining (authorDetails?.avatar_urls) check’ is already used in the AvatarAvatarAn avatar is an image or illustration that specifically refers to a character that represents an online user. It’s usually a square box that appears next to the user’s name. Block. (41779)
Refactor NavigationItem component to pass exhaustive-deps. (41639)
Move generation of layout util classes to existing method to avoid adding global public method WP. (41885)
ESLint: Enable ignoreRestSiblings option for no-unused-vars rule. (41897)
IDEIDEIntegrated Development Environment. A software package that provides a full suite of functionality to software developers/programmers. Normally an IDE includes a source code editor, code-build tools and debugging functionality.’s integrations
Autocompletion support for useSelect (via jsDoc annotations). (41596)
The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~36,000 words, ~1,000 blocks) over the last releases. Such a large post isn’t representative of the average editing experience but is adequate for spotting variations in performance.
Time to the first block
KeyPress Event (typing)
Time to the first block
KeyPress Event (typing)
The following PRs were merged by first-time contributors – thank you and congrats!
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