What’s new in Gutenberg 16.8? (11 October)

“What’s new in 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/…” posts (labeled with the #gutenberg-new tag) are posted following every Gutenberg release on a biweekly basis, showcasing new features included in each release. As a reminder, here’s an overview of different ways to keep up with Gutenberg and the Site Editor project (formerly called Full Site Editing).

Gutenberg 16.8 has been released and is available for download!

This latest release includes many enhancements, 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. fixes, some new experiments, and essential groundwork for the future Phase 3.

  1. Cover block: automatically set overlay color when applying the initial background image
  2. Show template toggle when editing pages
  3. Font Library: add an Uploads tab
  4. Other notable highlights
  5. Changelog
  6. Contributors

Cover 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.: automatically set overlay color when applying the initial background image

The Cover Block just got a bit smarter by setting an Overlay color based on the background image. The Overlay color is extracted from the image via magic (actually, code, which you can see coming into existence here (#54054).

Show template toggle when editing pages

This great new option allows you to see your Pages within the Template context where they’re meant to be displayed while you edit them. As @noisysocks puts it:

Allows users to focus on their content when desired. Moreover, it is small a step towards one day unifying the post editor and site editor.

– @noisysocks (#52674)

Font Library: add an Uploads tab

All about decluttering: font uploads have been moved to a separate tab within the Font Library interface. The team has also worked on improving error messages and their visibility.

Other notable highlights

  • Footnotes now make use of coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. revisioning capabilities when available. Gutenberg PR (#52988) and Trac Ticket (#20564).
  • Experiment: the first version of the pages list in the site editor (#54966). This experiment is one of many pieces of the Data Views work (#55083), crucial for Phase 3.
  • Add template replace flow to template inspector (#54609).



Block Editor

  • Adds ‘nofollow’ setting to Button block. (54110)

Site Editor

  • Add ‘Show template’ toggle when editing pages. (52674)


  • Update pattern import menu item. (54782)


  • Adding label/description to BlockEditor/DuotoneControl. (54473)
  • Deprecating isPressed in Button component. (54740)
  • Follow ariakit best practices. (54696)
  • InputControl-based components: Add opt-in prop for next 40px default size. (53819)
  • Modal: Add contentWidth prop to support a selection of preset modal sizes. (54471)
  • Remove unused components from ui/. (54573)
  • Update ariakit to 0.3.3. (54818)
  • Update compact search control metrics. (54663)
  • Wrapped TextareaControl in a forwardRef call. (54975)

Block Library

  • Add a brief description to the Footnotes block. (54613)
  • Footnotes: Use core’s meta revisioning if available. (52988)
  • Login/out: Add spacing support. (45147)
  • Query view.js: Code quality. (54982)
  • Set custom color when applying initial background image. (54054)
  • Use wp_get_inline_script_tag() in build_dropdown_script_block_core_categories(). (54637)

Block Editor

  • Default suggested links to pages. (54622)
  • Remove base URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org from link control search results. (54553)
  • Simplify BlockHTMLConvertButton. (54972)
  • Update strings in blocks ‘RenameModal’ component. (54887)

Post Editor

  • Edit Post: Use hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. instead of HoCs in ‘PostStatus’ components. (54951)
  • Editor: Use hooks instead of HoCs in ‘PostSticky’ components. (54949)
  • Editor: Use hooks instead of HoCs in ‘PostSwitchToDraftButton’. (54695)
  • Show confirmation dialog when moving a post to the trashTrash Trash in WordPress is like the Recycle Bin on your PC or Trash in your Macintosh computer. Users with the proper permission level (administrators and editors) have the ability to delete a post, page, and/or comments. When you delete the item, it is moved to the trash folder where it will remain for 30 days.. (50219)

Site Editor

  • Add template replace flow to template inspector. (54609)
  • [Site Editor]: Update copy of using the default template in a page. (54728)


  • Remove categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. description in inserter panel. (54894)


  • Font Library: Refactor endpoint permissions. (54829)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix the ShortcutProvider usage. (54851)
  • Fix warning when a template calls a template area twice. (54861)
  • Revert “Fix warning when a template calls a template area twice”. (54926)

Block Library

  • All Nav block items to break long titles. (54866)
  • Fallback to Twitter provider when embedding X URLs. (54876)
  • Fix Deleted Navigation MenuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. warning string. (55033)
  • Fix Search Block not updating in Nav block. (54823)
  • Fix left and right aligmnent in children of Post Template. (54997)
  • Fix output of Navigation block classnames in the editor. (54992)
  • Fix overwriting of published post meta when previewing footnote changes. (54339)
  • Image: Ensure Expand on Click toggle is shown if block-level lightbox setting exists. (54878)
  • Image: Fix layout shift when lightbox is opened and closed. (53026)
  • Media & Text: Fix ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. warning. (55038)
  • Search block: Allow space for input field only when form expanded. (54846)
  • Search block: Update alignment and icon button width. (54773)

Site Editor

  • Avoid same key warnings in template parts area listings. (54863)
  • Avoid stale navigation block values when parsing entity record. (54996)
  • Don’t display the navigation section in template parts details when a menu is missing. (54993)
  • Fix ToolSelector popover variant. (54840)
  • Reset ‘Show template’ toggle when leaving edit mode. (54679)
  • remove overflow: Hidden from the entity title in the site editor 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.. (54769)


  • FormTokenField: Add box-sizing reset style and reset default padding. (54734)
  • Popover: Fix the styles for components that use emotion within popovers. (54912)
  • Remove hover style for secondary Button when aria-disabled is set. (54978)
  • Reverting addition of aria-selected style hook in Button. (54931)
  • SlotFill: Pass Component instance to unregisterSlot. (54765)

Block Editor

  • Avoid double-wrapping selectors when transforming the styles. (54981)
  • [Inserter]: Fix reset of registered media categories. (55012)


  • Font Library: Changed the OTF mime type expected value to be what PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher returns. (54886)
  • Font Library: Move font uploads to a new tab. (54655)

Global Styles

  • Block custom CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.: Fix incorrect CSS when multiple root selectors. (53602)
  • Image: Ensure false values are preserved in memory when defined in 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.. (54639)

List View

  • Fix performance issue when selecting all blocks. (54900)


  • Format Library: Try to fix highlight popover jumping. (54736)

Interactivity 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.

  • Image: Fix duotone not being applied to lightbox image. (54670)

AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)

Block Library

  • Footnotes: Add aria-label to return links. (54843)


  • HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. block: Fix accessibility issues on back-end. (54408)
  • Modal: Accessibly hide/show outer modal when nested. (54743)


  • Use list role instead of listbox in patterns list. (54884)

Post Editor

  • Editor: Always render the ‘Switch to Draft’ button to avoid focus loss. (54722)

Block Editor

  • Block Switcher: Use a different label for multi-selection. (54692)


  • Tests: Support the Site Editor’s legacy spinner. (54784)
  • Use instanceOf over property_exists. (54835)

Block Editor

  • Subscribe only to block editor store in useBlockSync. (55041)


Site Editor

  • al]: First version of pages list in site editor. (54966)

Block Editor

  • Expose getDuotoneFilter() as private API. (54905)


  • Add a documentation page about the block editor settings. (54870)


The following contributors merged PRs in this release:

@aaronrobertshaw @adamsilverstein @alexstine @andrewhayward @andrewserong @annezazu @anton-vlasenko @artemiomorales @aurooba @bangank36 @brookewp @c4rl0sbr4v0 @carolinan @chad1008 @ciampo @dcalhoun @derekblank @draganescu @ellatrix @fluiddot @fullofcaffeine @geriux @getdave @glendaviesnz @gziolo @jameskoster @jeryj @jsnajdr @juhi123 @kevin940726 @leemyongpakvn @madhusudhand @MaggieCabrera @Mamaduka @matiasbenedetto @michalczaplinski @mirka @mtias @mujuonly @ndiego @noahtallen @noisysocks @ntsekouras @oandregal @ockham @pbking @priethor @ramonjd @richtabor @scruffian @SiobhyB @spacedmonkey @stokesman @swissspidy @t-hamano @tellthemachines @tellyworth @them-es @torounit @tyxla @westonruter @WunderBart @youknowriad

Props to @joen for the visual assets and @annezazu for the help reviewing and collecting highlights!

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