Hallway Hangout: Section styles and other block style variation updates

WordPress 6.6 expands block style variations in several ways, giving you the ability to do more with the existing feature, such as

  • Define styles for registered variations via `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.`.
  • Style nested elements and blocks.
  • Create “section styles” that are connected to one or more blocks.
  • Overwrite section styles via theme style variations.

At a technical level, the expanded tool set does not add too many new concepts to learn. However, in practice, working with these updates can present challenges and may even have you rethinking your approach to theme design.

You can learn more about the updates here:

Join us for a Hallway Hangout on July 8th, 2024  at 16:00 UTC for an early discussion around how these tools work and what they mean for themes. The zoom link will the provided in the #outreach channel on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Props for drafting to @greenshady and for review to @juanmaguitar