What’s new in Gutenberg? (25 March)

This release is mostly focused on polish work for the Block UI redesign.

Screen Capture on 2020-03-16 at 15-49-00

It also includes an official API to register custom Block patterns from themes and plugins. The API is still a work-in-progress and might evolve before reaching WordPress Core.

        'title'   => __( 'Two buttons' ),
        'content' => "<!-- wp:buttons {\"align\":\"center\"} -->\n<div class=\"wp-block-buttons aligncenter\"><!-- wp:button {\"backgroundColor\":\"very-dark-gray\",\"borderRadius\":0} -->\n<div class=\"wp-block-button\"><a class=\"wp-block-button__link has-background has-very-dark-gray-background-color no-border-radius\">Button One</a></div>\n<!-- /wp:button -->\n\n<!-- wp:button {\"textColor\":\"very-dark-gray\",\"borderRadius\":0,\"className\":\"is-style-outline\"} -->\n<div class=\"wp-block-button is-style-outline\"><a class=\"wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-very-dark-gray-color no-border-radius\">Button Two</a></div>\n<!-- /wp:button --></div>\n<!-- /wp:buttons -->",



  • Add visible labels to BlockPatternPicker pattern selection buttons 19789
  • Adds always on display of media URL 19504
  • Adds current menu class to navigation block 20076
  • Block: Outline when interacting with Toolbar Block Type/Movers 20938
  • Create block: Improve how prompts and values provided are handled 20756
  • Expand create block options and add readme.txt template 20694
  • Patterns: Make adding patterns easier 20854
  • Polish a few icons 20980
  • Polish date-picker component 20824
  • Improve permalink editing 12009
  • Nicer block footprint for social links 20978
  • Show inserter only when block selected for nesting contexts 20753
  • URL: Use test data from web-platform-tests for isURL spec conformance 20537
  • Adds multi-select to categories on Latest Posts 20781
  • Add basic nav block example for inserter and styles previews 21011

Bug Fixes

  • Allow media library in gallery mode to be reset 20675
  • Autocomplete: Add support for results with long titles 20962
  • Compat: Conditionally filter editor settings for image dimensions 20939
  • Compat: Use core-js-url-browser for URL polyfill 20225
  • Data: Migrate post editor persistence with fullscreenMode false 21082
  • Edit Post: Make sidebar header focusable for button focus normalization 21031
  • Fix auto-hiding appender regression 20780
  • Fix fullscreen mode device preview 21010
  • Fix link control search results spacing. 21003
  • Fix snackbar container block portion of UI while present 21000
  • Make the inner button block not allowed as a reusable block or editable as HTML 20948
  • URL: Fix getQueryString incorrect handling of hash fragment 20738
  • Update social links block to output a custom class on each individual link 20998
  • Update the inserter’s block preview to use the AutoHeightPreview 20817
  • Latest Posts:
    • Fix link for read more markup 20917
    • Fixes the categories selector crash when category does not exist 20960
  • Fix input rules 20964
  • Trim input value in navigation search input field 19832
  • Fix mobile header 20946
  • Fix visually hidden classnames 20649
  • Fix/screen reader text 20607
  • Fix SelectControl example code synax highlight 19803

New APIs

  • Add initial API to register patterns from themes and plugins 21074
  • Convert __experimentalCreateInterpolateElement to a stable API 20699


  • Site Editor:
    • Add Fullscreen mode 20691
    • Add fullscreen close button 20989
    • Add more menu and fullscreen toggle 21006
    • Style resets for top level page 20886
    • Get current template part correctly for auto drafts 20438
    • Add template preview to the edit site template switcher 20958
    • Add things required to load custom blocks to Site Editor page 20549
    • Avoid page templates overwriting page title 20865
  • Lighter block DOM:
  • Navigation Block:
    • Fix dynamic rendering recursive function name typo 21078
    • Avoid hiding submenu when adding a link 21035
    • Fix toolbar overlap on navigation links 21033
  • PlainText v2 21076
    • Editable Component 18361


  • Add ESNext example for unregisterBlockType 20784
  • Docs/SlotFills: Small update for consistency 20767
  • Correct 2nd param of useViewportMatch() usage 20911
  • Include npm run dev guidance in “Getting Started” 21015
  • Document default login credentials and wp-env run command 20678
  • Fixes docblock for useViewportMatch 20919
  • Lowercase visual editor and code editor to match block editor and classic editor 20968
  • Update README.md 20913
  • Add Custom Block Editor to TOC and Manifest 20749
  • Add tutorial link to Table of Contents for Custom Block Editor 20750

Code Quality

  • Block Editor: Use useResizeObserver in place of direct react-resize-aware dependency 20889
  • E2E Test Utils: Improve durability of embedding matcher 20811
  • Framework: Migrate/remove temporary compatibility script initialization 19178
  • Framework: Use WHATWG URL in place of legacy url module 19823
  • Nav Block: Remove ‘frontend’ from style comments 21034
  • Project Management Automation: Add TypeScript type-checking 20850
  • Refactor the inserter menu component and split into multiple smaller components 20880
  • Remove iframe from content elements 20976
  • Update Search/RSS block render method 20977


  • Update glossary 20934
  • Improve performance testing 20802
  • Edit Post: Register block patterns as separate plugin 20871
  • Accessibility: updated headings to reflect semantic relationship between html tag and it’s content. 16444
  • Add Prettier shared config package 20026
  • Add default styles to the TabPanel component 20872
  • Add isFileURL method and use it on all native media upload checks. 20985
  • Add menus endpoints. 20292
  • Block Patterns: Update text-two-columns.json 20890
  • Block Styles: Remove the block margin in the style selector 19983
  • Block patterns: improve success notice 21005
  • Blocks: Allow the Default Style selector to be hidden. 20620
  • E2E Tests: Mock Embed response for InnerBlocks locking test 20481
  • ESLint Plugin: Relax prefer-const for destructuring assignment 20737
  • Gallery: Update UI of controls 20776
  • Improves RTL style conversion 20503
  • Minor change to switch Help link target to _blank, add rels 20800
  • Mobile: Add accessibility label to Block List Footer 20633
  • Moves category multi select from LatestPosts to QueryControls 20832
  • Paste: replace iframes with url 20983
  • Polish poster image button arrangement. 20754
  • Preview Button: Remove the separator and border, and reduce the size of the icon. 20683
  • RangeControl: Improve disabled rendering and interactions 20723
  • Reduce gap between block library and preview 20777
  • Remove aria-expanded from close button in Publish panel 20993
  • Remove feature flag for mobile page templates 20718
  • Remove inaccurate message from image block 20909
  • Removed the textarea width restriction for the Shortcode block 20624
  • Revert “Framework: Travis: Avoid skipping Puppeteer download” 20828
  • Show errors in the media replace control 19244
  • Styles Panel: Don’t force it to be closed by default. 20617
  • Update Navigation Menu Item icon 20763
  • Update page template picker after design review 20883
  • Latest Posts: Testing larger margins 20563
  • Add codeowners for env package 20667
  • Scripts: Update all webpack related dependencies 20916
  • Dependencies webpack plugin: Let the output file be specified when output is combined 20844

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~36000 words, ~1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.8 5193ms 23.05ms
Gutenberg 7.7 5134ms 22.79ms
WordPress 5.3 9512ms 25.83ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

What’s new in Gutenberg? (11 March)

With WordPress 5.4 around the corner, Gutenberg 7.7 is another exciting release. It introduces patterns and the first iteration of a new block UI design which aims to synthetize the learnings from these past couple years of Gutenberg being out in the wild.

New Block UI

After more than a year from its first production release, the community pushed the boundaries of the editor further than we’d have expected. The number of third-party blocks exploded and millions of users are interacting with the editor in different ways. This led to a refresh of the Block UI to apply some of the lessons learned in the meantime.

The redesign includes:

  • A simpler Block Toolbar.
  • Better UI color contrast.
  • Consistent focus styles.
  • Redesigned icons.
  • Grid-based spacing and sizes.
  • And more.

As with any feature in the editor, this is the initial release and there’s still more work planned to bring more consistency in the remaining UI elements: sidebar panels, drop-down menus, etc.

Block Patterns

While the editor has a rich set of built-in blocks, it is sometimes challenging for users to compose these blocks together in order to achieve the best designs for their pages. And as we accelerate towards Full Site Editing, this becomes an important challenge to solve.

Different existing community-provided solutions have addressed this by providing rich sets of templates/layout that are ready to use and prevent that dreaded “white page syndrome”. There is a need to bring some consistency and coherence to these features. Gutenberg 7.7 introduces Block Patterns: predefined block layouts, ready to insert and tweak to address that problem.

As a first iteration, the Block Patterns UI has been added as a sidebar plugin from where you can pick and insert the patterns. This is considered an MVP and the UI is expected to evolve over the next releases.

As a start, the plugin comes with a small limited set of patterns. The list will ultimately grow and be opened to third-party authors.

7.7 🇵🇭


  • Add the initial version of the Patterns UI as a sidebar plugin (this is not the final interface and work is in progress to integrate with the main block inserter). 20354, 20715.
    • Add an initial set of patterns 20724.


  • Update the Block and editor UI. 19344
  • Improve the Back to WP Admin button in Fullscreen Mode. 20603
  • Make the editor Fullscreen by default. 20611
  • Remove template locking from the columns block 20465
  • Make the inserter full height. 20526

Bug Fixes

  • A11y:
    • Deselect first/last gallery images on blur. 14930
    • Revert top toolbar tab order 20571
  • Add an overlay to the html block preview to fix block selection in Firefox. 20425
  • Add missing accessibility attributes in the SVG icons. 20538
  • Fix invalid syntax error on Safari 12. 20507
  • Use a consistent width for the link suggetions. 20448
  • Use full labels for directional block movers. 20664
  • Columns block: Force 50% column width at mid-range viewport. 20597
  • Media & Text block: Fix frontend styles when “Crop image to fill” is selected 20539
  • Latest Post block:
    • Fix the excerpt length. 20313
    • Don’t trim manual exerptts 20432
  • Fix sidebar scroll issue on small viewports. 20491
  • Social Link block:
    • Escape generated class name. 20479
    • Fix label attribute type as string. 20468
    • i18n: Use placeholder for the default label 20475
  • Simulated Queries (Device previews):
    • Check for match in stylesheet host and protocol to prevent Chrome breakage. 20673
    • Fix IE11 editor breakage. 20226
    • Fix incorrectly displayed preview option for private post types. 20604
    • Focus preview button after opening preview. 20570
  • Fix isURL regex to take account file urls. 20435
  • Fix error when deleting empty paragraphs in IE11. 20594
  • Fix hidden inserter toggle behind the popover. 20663
  • Fix block registration shared defaults reuse across blocks. 20565
  • Shim meta attributes for early block registrations. 20544
  • Fix bouncing Custom color formatter. 20612
  • Fix Gallery block styles in Edge causing editor breakage. 20690

New APIs:

  • wordpress/env: Add support for ZIP URL sources. 20426


  • Lighter Block DOM:
    • allow block types to render their own wrapper 19701
    • Lighter InnerBlocks. 19910
    • Automatically add block class. 20658
  • BlockPreview: Add __experimentalOnReady prop. 17242
  • Edit Site:
    • Update template navigation to use new link control. 20366
    • Update the edit site save modal UI. 20608
  • Fix the block toolbar in the Widgets and Site Edit screens. 20458
  • Fix widgets screen inserter 20680


Code Quality

  • Refactoring to existing blocks to use a lighter DOM:
    • List block. 20498
    • Image block. 20576
    • Heading block. 20493
  • Consistent block focus behavior on mount. 20577
  • Cleanup CSS variables. 20529
  • Use the EditorSkeleton component in the widgets and Edit Site pages. 20440, 20431.
  • Refactor SlotFill components. 19242
  • Remove useless style override for floats. 20501
  • Block popover: remove data-type. 20531
  • Resizable editor improvements. 20259


  • wordpress/env:
    • Save the database as a volume. 20648
    • Fix accidental quotes in Site Title. 20520
    • Set owner of wp-content to www-data. 20406
  • wordpress/create-block:
  • Fix React warning triggered by the BlockToolbar component. 20546
  • Skip the Type Writer effect component in IE 11. 20485
  • Update browserslist to fix out-of-date caniuse-lite messages 20709
  • Add storybook stories:
  • E2E Tests:
    • Add test for the Image block. 20622
    • More stable embed test. 20668
    • Fix intermittent RichText e2e test failure. 20457
  • Travis: Avoid skipping Puppeteer download. 20547
  • Plugin: Bump minimum WordPress version to 5.3 20628
  • @wordrpess/priority-queue: Fix for environments that don’t have window defined. 20486
  • Update jest configuration to only ignore tests from /wordpress/ as a subdirectory 20420

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.7.0 7.7s 37.86ms
Gutenberg 7.6.0 7.0s 34.97ms
WordPress 5.3 7.2s 66ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

What’s new in Gutenberg? (26 February)

Gutenberg 7.6 brings considerable progress on the full-site editing (FSE) front, including four new FSE blocks:

  • Post Featured Image
  • Post Tags
  • Comments Count
  • Comments Form

In addition, this release includes many enhancements and fixes to existing blocks and features.

Any help testing FSE work is much appreciated. So, if possible, please enable FSE in your testing environments and share your feedback.

Gutenberg 7.6 also brings a rotating list of tips that appear in the Block Inserter to provide useful information to users:

The release also comes with developer-focused enhancements to wp-env and wp-scripts, thus improving the experience of building with WordPress.

Last but not least, this release cycle has prioritized bug fixing, and as a result this release brings numerous fixes that were also included in Betas 2 and 3 of WordPress 5.4.

Read on for the full change log.

7.6 🇱🇹


  • Add a rotating list of tips to the inserter help panel 20163


  • New blocks:
    • Post Featured Image. 19875
    • Comments Count block. 19953
    • Comments Form block. 19954
    • Post Tags block. 19580
  • Add new features to the Post Excerpt block. 19715
  • Allow changing Site Title block heading level. 20361
  • Render the post comments form properly 20279
  • Add new features to the Post Date block. 19857
  • Add multiple template loading 19141
  • Show error when resolved block template is empty 20239


  • Improve find-ability for social/video embeds 20224

New APIs

  • Ensure packages-update wp-scripts command works with missing dependencies 20408
  • Add new option in dependencies webpack plugin to combine assets files into one file 20330
  • Environment:
    • Add custom port numbers to .wp-env.json 20158
    • Add support for local override files. 20341
    • Add debug mode. 20348

Bug Fixes

  • Overflowing LinkControl block editor component. 20154
  • Broken gallery to image transform and inconsistent types used in the gallery block 20084
  • Missing label on heading toolbar. 20248
  • Sidebar jumpiness. 20355
  • Fix wrong imports in PluginBlockSettingsMenuItem 20356
  • Color formatter appears when color choosing is not possible 20222
  • Crash when updating a post with the latest post block 20289
  • Inconsistency on Import from JSON button look 20416
  • Inline image width pop-up ‘wanders’ down page 20232
  • Styling problem on vertically aligned blocks 20368
  • Remove unnecessary aria-label from link formatter 18742
  • Make navigation button expand to fit longer nav link text 20230
  • Flow for gallery creation and editing 20287
  • Fix background color for dark themes on the spacer block 20296
  • Show metaboxes peeking in even on tiny screens. 20262
  • Add an edit state to media frames to fix an issue when opening a new tab. 17642



  • Create block: Add support for format:js to ESNext template 20335
  • Add check for minimum system requirements on create block 20398
  • Conditionally apply Editor Skeleton html element styles 20245
  • Environment:
    • Check for legacy installs and provide the option to delete them. 20340
    • Fix testsPath on local sources 20353
    • Use user with UID=33 to run WP CLI commands 20403
    • Fix issue where docker & wp had different URLs 20228
    • No longer show error message twice 20157
    • Support wp-config.php overrides. 20352
    • Support overwriting generated file directory with an environment variable 20253

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.6.0 7.7s 48.59ms
Gutenberg 7.5.0 8.5s 55.45ms
WordPress 5.3 7.9s 77.23ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 26 February 2020

This post summarizes the latest weekly Editor meeting, held in the #core-editor Slack channel, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 14:00 UTC.

WordPress 5.4 Upcoming Release

Gutenberg 7.6.0

  • RC will be released on Monday.
  • The changelog can be checked on https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/releases/tag/v7.6.0-rc.1.
  • The FSE work evolved a lot, and Gutenberg 7.6 includes four new FSE blocks, besides many enhancements and fixes to the existing blocks and functionality.
  • Any help testing FSE work is much appreciated, enable FSE on your test/in development projects and share your feedback.
  • Enhancement to wp/env and wp-scripts to make the developer experience better.

Weekly Priorities

  • The first iteration of G2 (Block UI redesign) has been merged into master and will make it into Gutenberg 7.7.

Task Coordination

Note: Anyone reading this summary outside of the meeting, please drop a comment in the post summary, if you can/want to help with something.



  • Working on G2.
  • Starting a new project with @nrqsnchz about Block Patterns.
  • Help with G2 follow-ups.
  • Triaging old issues.



  • Followed up on items related to Social Icons.
  • Discussed block variations and patterns with @gzioloo.
  • Pitched in around dev notes for 5.4, and some reviews.
  • Exploring how to implement embeds as block variations.


  • Continuing work on lightening the block DOM and allowing blocks to render the entire block and inner block wrappers, hopefully making it easier to style block for block and theme authors. 



  • Paired with @azaozz to improve the build process for the editor’s JavaScript scripts in WordPress core.
  • A few bug fixes/enhancements for @wordpress/scripts and @wordpress/create-block packages.
  • Several reviews including SlotFill refactor.
  • Plan to work on the block features API proposed by @youknowriad.



  • Working on FSE and block templates from a user and theme creator perspective.


Open Floor

Capitalization in strings used in the editor

Encouraging component maintainers to get involved with the non-editor parts of Gutenberg

  • @noisysocks some discussion around how to encourage Widget component maintainers to get involved with the experimental Block Widgets functionality. There’s a lot of expertise there that the Core Editor team could use.
  • @youknowriad suggested inviting component maintainers to the core editor channel.

Query Blocks

  • @andraganescu some discussion around reusability of query block https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/20106
  • @revgeorge It’s working, but I’m working with @epiqueras to figure out how to best structure it’s de-duplication feature, or possibly going ahead without de-duplication at launch. It’s behind the FSE flag in the branch because it needs the post blocks to display results
  • @itsjusteileen from a plugin perspective, I’d love to see it with de-dupe
  • @revgeorge I can show you how I plan to use it with a plugin use case. The current plan for deduplication is to provide a container block that uses hooks to provide a way for blocks to get a list of displayed posts and add to that list, the container would be aware of the order the blocks are in and what they’ve displayed.
  • @gziolo what’s the difference between Query block and Latest Posts block?
  • @youknowriad Query block doesn’t have a fixed output based on attributes, it uses InnerBlocks to render each “post”. So you could combine PostTitle, post content, PostExcerpt, Post* blocks as a template for each “Post” entry in the Query block.

Semantic HTML inside the Group block

#meeting-notes, #core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

What’s new in Gutenberg? (12 February)

This is the last release that is going to be fully included in WordPress 5.4, containing one week of updates from 45 contributors. The release cycle was temporarily shortened to align features with WordPress 5.4 Beta 1.

The Social Links block has been in the works since a few releases, but now it’s a stable (no longer experimental) block.

Adding a Social Links block.
Adding a Social Links block.

Rich text can now be coloured!

Adding inline colour to text.
Adding inline colour to text.

It is now also possible to display featured images in the latest post block.

Latest post with featured images.
Latest post with featured images.

7.5 🇹🇭


  • Mark the Social Links block as a stable block 20134 19887 20074 20150 20101
  • Support adding featured images to Latest Posts block 17151
  • Add support for TikTok video Embeds 19345
  • Add inline text color support 16014
  • Add text color support to Columns block 20016


  • Add type and angle picking to the custom gradient component 19582
  • Add transform for button to buttons block 20063
  • Navigation block:
    • Implement new design for sub-menus 19681
    • Set inherit color to anchor elements 20038
    • Fix getting Navigation parent block 20032 20057
    • Set width in order to show caret 20075
    • Improve colors handling 20022
    • Rename background color CSS class 20018
  • Block Library: Avoid column width auto-adjustment when sibling width changes 19515 20169
  • A11y:
    • Incorporate settings in the edit state of the LinkControl component 20052
    • Announce all Notice components messages 15745
    • Button block: Remove title attribute 19735
    • Navigation block: Remove title attribute 19990
  • Image block: Keep existing caption if the stored one is empty 19641
  • Enhance the custom gradient picker UI 20099

New APIs

  • Allow third-party keyboard shortcuts registration in the keyboard shortcuts modal 19965
  • Stabilize the AnglePickerControl component 20118
  • Add .wp-env.json config file support to wordpress/env 20002
  • Blocks: Promote block variations to stable API 20068
  • Mark the gradients theme API as stable 20107


  • Add ability to disable the block popover through __experimentalUIParts.hasPopover option 19922
  • Add the __experimentalEditorSkeleton component to the block-editor package 20050 20132

Bug Fixes

  • A11y: Show open button when the sidebar is closed and tabbing out of the content 19726
  • IE11 Compatibility: Add DOMRect polyfill 20110
  • Block Editor: Fix warning when rendering InnerBlocks 20082
  • Featured image appears cropped 20128
  • Fix predefined text colors used in the Group block on the frontend 20119
  • Use array form for contrast checkers. 20143
  • i18n: make experimentalUseColors labels translatable 20112
  • Multi select: remove inserter between selected blocks 20096
  • Remove alignment options from nested Button blocks 19824
  • URL: Conform to URL Living Standard definition of valid URL 19871
  • Select the correct media in the media modal when replacing existing media 20100
  • Avoid resizing the editor canvas when opening the publish panel 19843
  • Fix Media & Text block styling when media is set to show on the right 20125
  • Fix excerpt rendering in the Latest posts block 19669


  • Docs: Contributor Guide update subpages 19939
  • Prettier: Update format-js to use default config, and update editor docs usage 20036
  • Target docs to manifest.json 15639
  • Update main project README 19743
  • Update the Getting Started Docs to use wp-env 20044
  • Typos and tweaks: 20055 20077 20025 20060 19470


  • Block Editor: Update BEM syntax to CSS modifer guidelines 19738
  • Block Library: Standardize PHP function names used 20085 20039
  • Project Management Automation:
    • Log skipped tasks and retain wrapped task names. 20034
    • Support adding milestones for fork PRs. 20058
    • Avoid gracefully handling error 20009
    • Avoid milestone task for forks 20049
    • Call core setFailed with error message 20012
    • Check error object for parsed errors 20014
    • Guard against non-matching commits in addMilestone. 20147
    • Tolerate duplicate milestone 20011
    • Pull Request Automation: Avoid automation tasks for forked repository 20021
  • wordpress/env:
    • Fix GitHub source pattern 20131
    • Fix syntax error where spread operator could fail 20113
  • Move existing icons to the wordpress/icons package 20091 20072 19959 20094 20087
  • Ensure the default Prettier config is used with lint-js when needed 20071
  • Data: Log first-pass useSelect errors 20122
  • Compat: Social Links: Remove legacy renderers from packages 20098
  • Core Data: Mark the getEntityRecordNoResolver selector as experimental. 20053
  • Core Data: Remove unused __experimentalUseEntitySaving hook. 20148
  • Hide the navigation block behind feature flag 20133
  • Fix Intermitent e2e test failures 20065
  • Move the e2e tests to the right folders 20135
  • Switch social link icons to import svg parts from primitives 19877

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.5.0 6.491s 34.695ms
Gutenberg 7.4.0 6.413s 36.81ms
WordPress 5.3 6.331s 75.19ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

Editor Chat Agenda: 12th February 2020

Note taker: @itsjusteileen

This is the agenda for the weekly editor chat scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 09:00 AM EST. This meeting is held in the #core-editor WordPress Slack channel.

Highlighted Blog Posts

Discussion Topics

  • WordPress 5.4 Upcoming Release
  • Exclusion of the Navigation Block from the 5.4 Release
  • Gutenberg 7.5.0
  • Weekly Priorities
  • Task Coordination
  • Open Floor

If you have anything to share for the Task Coordination section, please leave it as a comment on this post. If you have anything to propose for the agenda or other specific items related to those listed above, please leave a comment below.

#agenda, #core-editor, #editor-chat


What’s new in Gutenberg? (5 February)

More than 51 contributors participated in this exciting release.

It introduce some handy color related features to the Group and Columns block. Instead of changing the text color block by block you can now wrap a group blocks in a Group block and assign the base color to the parent block.

For consistency with the Navigation and the buttons block, the Link UI has been updated in the RichText formats.

This is also an exciting release of the block authors, we now have an official tool to scaffold blocks quickly. It’s as easy as running npm init @wordpress/block locally.

7.4 🇰🇷


  • Add background color support to the Columns block. 17813
  • Add text color support for the Group block. 19181


  • Navigation Block:
    • Add submenu chevron indication setting. 19601
    • Save the ID to the destination entity. 18641
    • Select Parent Navigation Block after clicking “Create from all top-level pages”. 19817
    • Update Appender visibility. 19598 19846
    • Move the Link Settings panel. 19917
    • Improve the UX to add links. 19686
  • Multi-selection: don’t focus first selected block. 19762
  • Use the new link control component in the RichText link format. 19462
  • Copy: Apply sentence case formatting to panel titles. 19901
  • A11y: Add conditions and new translation strings for the BlockMover. 19757

New APIs

  • Add a new wordpress/create-block package for block scaffolding. 19773 19867
  • Add a new wordpress/icons package:
    • Introduce the package. 17055
  • Add a new wordpress/primitives package. 19781 19876

Bug Fixes

  • Prevent gallery images from creating undo levels as they load. 19937
  • FontSizePicker: Adjust Select Button size. 19479
  • Remove post title escaping. 19955
  • Fix Failure message styling in placeholders. 19673
  • Fix RTL styles for the Media Text block. 18764
  • Fix panel header styles. 19842
  • Fix the editor fixed position at the 960px breakpoint. 19970
  • Allow disabling color selection but keeping gradient support. 19925
  • Prevent crash when creating a hierarchical post without a title. 19936
  • Media & Text block: “Crop image to fill entire column” setting resets on image change. 19765
  • Prevent Alt+F10 from scrolling to the top. 19896
  • Fix clearing multi-selection with side click. 19787
  • Update hover and focus selectors for “Move to Trash” to ensure the link is always red 19974.
  • Popover component:
    • clean up requestAnimationFrame. 19771
    • fix typo causing the mobile inserter to go out of view. 19978
  • Fix bug in block multi-selection causing Rich text editing to be disabled. 19839
  • Fix useSelect React hook timing and rerendering issues. 19286
  • Core-data: do not publish outdated state to subscribers during updates. 19752
  • LinkControl component (Navigation and buttons blocks):
    • Initialize inputValue state from value prop. 19737
    • Handle submission via form handler. 19651
    • Use URL as a link when title empty. 19739
    • Prevent focus loss in edit mode toggle. 19931
    • Resolve error when value is undefined. 19856
    • Handle Popover onClose for LinkControl. 19885


  • Add AnglePicker Component and useDragging hook. 19637
  • Add Global styles CSS variables generation mechanism. 19883
  • Allow blocks to register variations that shows-up in the inserter. 19243
  • Block Directory: Refactor the reducer by breaking out the block management actions into their own reducer. 19330


  • Add docs for LocalAutosaveMonitor and __experimentalUpdateLocalAutosaveInterval. 19915
  • Add markdownlint script to lint docs markup. 19855
  • Add format-js detailed documentaation to wordpress/scripts package. 19946
  • Reorganize the Contributors Guide. 19853
  • Clarify when isEligible function is called. 19899
  • Typos and tweaks: 19833, 19914, 19736, 19759, 19869, 19802, 19813.


  • Introduce Prettier Formatting:
    • Add the formatting script. 18048 19994
    • Format the codebase. 19963
    • Set a consistent line width. 19992
  • Automation:
    • Fix pull request merge automation errors. 19768
    • Run pull request automation on closed. 19742
    • Add a step that updates CHANGELOG files before npm releases. 19764
  • Allow Babel Stage 4 features. 19831 19065
  • Use a Link to the changelog instead of adding it inline in the plugin README. 19761
  • Use require.resolve() in wordpress/jest-preset-default config 19957.
  • Fix multi-selection intermittent e2e failure. 19865
  • Add Placeholder component to Storybook. 19734
  • Include block.json files in the plugin build output. 19786
  • Rename patterns to variations in the Block API. 19966
  • Paragraph block:
    • remove min-height. 19835
    • remove unnecessary CSS after shortcuts removal. 19821
  • Refactor ObserveTyping as function component. 19881
  • Move the is-navigate-mode classname to the WritingFlow component. 19868
  • Block: use React context to provide the selected element. 19782
  • Remove dead is-hovered selectors. 19870
  • Remove the editor dependency from the block library. 16160
  • Remove an unnecessary import from the playground. 19893
  • Refactor the RichText wrapper to use React hooks for wrapper component. 19095
  • RichText API: Limit “prefix” transformations to Paragraph blocks. 19727
  • Apply width-based modifier classes to Placeholder only when the width is known. 19825
  • Various:
  • Refactor the server-side rendering of the Navigation block. 19989 19991
  • Fix server-registered fixtures script. 19884
  • Remove the RichText is-selected class. 19822
  • Testing: Use deterministic selectors for incremented IDs. 19844

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.4.0 5.037s 34.54ms
Gutenberg 7.3.0 5.461s 34.63ms
WordPress 5.3 6.631s 71.553ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

What’s new in Gutenberg? (22 January)

The second Gutenberg release of 2020 includes 159 PRs by 56 contributors!

The navigation block received again quite a few improvements this release. You now have the ability to set text and background colours!

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 6 36 18 PM
New colour options fo the navigation block.

This release we’ve also made some considerable performance improvements. The average time of an input event has almost been reduced by half (47.76%) and the loading time of a fairly large post by 29.25%! This is the result of making the block DOM tree lighter, meaning taking the block controls out of the block rendering and DOM tree and removing div element wrappers.

There’s a new block collections API which can be used to group blocks in the block inserter.

registerBlockCollection( namespace, { title, icon } );

Included are also new post layout blocks (author, date and excerpt) and improvements for the site editing experiment.

7.3 🇬🇷


  • Add border to table header & footer 19450
  • Add the new replace flow to the cover 19583, media text 19198, file 19174, audio 19158 and video 19162 block.
  • Components: improve ToolbarButton 18931
  • Sibling inserter: fix dead zone between blocks 19719 19729
  • Top toolbar: adjust tab order 19623
  • Regions: position publish region after sidebar 19427
  • Better accessibility labels for blocks 18132
  • Breadcrumb: add accessibility label 19597
  • Navigation: add background color 19108


  • Lighter block DOM:
    • Put sibling inserter in popover 19456
    • Remove extra div wrapper 19010
    • Remove inner div wrapper 19593
    • Split out toolbar rendering 19564
    • Put side inserter in Popover 19406
    • Rewrite drop zone with hooks (useDropZone) 19514
    • Merge effects 19617
    • Fix alignments 19704
    • Clean up after control removal 19618
    • Reposition tabbable inserter 19596
  • Avoid rerendering every block when caret moves in and out of formatting 19524

Bug Fixes

  • Navigation:
    • Format the allowed styles 19477
    • Show recent pages as default suggestions when creating Nav Links 19458
    • Define allowedFormats option for NavigationLink 19507
    • Rename the LinkControl’s edit button title 19505
    • Use underline instead of bottom border for nav links 19538
    • Do not output navigation links with empty labels 19652
    • Remove draggable from all navigation-link blocks 19648
    • Remove duplicate CSS from Navigation that is aleady in Navigation Link CSS 19540
    • Remove the text color button double border on the navigation block toolbar 19567
    • Replace, on editing a navigation link, the current label with the title of page or post 19461
    • Add description for the Link Settings Description in the Link Block settings 19508
    • Fix Navigation Link url escaping 19679
    • Fix alignment on left border between menu navigation controls and menu item 19511
    • Styling fixes after navigation feature merge 19455
  • Add support for align wide to deprecated versions of gallery block 19522
  • Block top toolbar: fix mover direction 19574
  • Editor keyboard shortcuts: fix Toggle Sidebar 19605
  • Editor: Fix Block Embed Input size 19438
  • Fix ServerSideRender component showing className 19555
  • Fix writing flow focus capturing 19621
  • Fix small visual select glitch 19590
  • Fix the height of the tags tokens 19592
  • Fix buttons block Link shortcut not working with multiple buttons 19492
  • Disable HTML on navigation link 19483
  • Fix managing page break in the block manager 19303
  • Show predefined colors in the navigation block 19493
  • Update CSS rule on the widgets screen required for drag & drop 19428
  • Multi block selection: fix tabbing 19700
  • Multi block selection: set focus back after attempt 19720
  • RichText: don’t set focus when applying format 19536
  • Writing Flow: fix list selection 19721
  • Fix Color Picker Format Toggle placement 19607
  • Fix Columns block pattern picker item margin. 19494
  • Fix block styles for More block 19745
  • Block: fix hasMovers BlockList setting for top toolbar 19619

New APIs

  • Components: add ImageSizeControl component 17148
  • Add block collections 17609
  • Add Text component 18495
  • Add warning package 19317
  • Components: add isFocusable state to Button 19337


  • Edit Site:
    • Add a Post Author block 19576
    • Add a Post Date block 19578
    • Add a Post Excerpt block 19579
    • Implement Template Part block editing 2 19203
    • Add template loading 19081
  • Block Directory:
    • Change ‘update’ icon to text to be more communicative 19451
    • Update the action button label to read ‘Add block’ 19412
  • useColors:
    • Fix contrast check 19500
    • Directly pass ref for color detecting 19474
  • InnerBlocks: Fix toolbar capturing 19530


  • Add js syntax highlighting to documentation 19467
  • Add lint-md section to scripts readme 19716
  • Add linting of source in markdown files 19518
  • Document packages-update wp-scripts command 19711
  • Linting Documentation 19543
  • More visibility to the theme opt-in styles documentation 19463
  • Remove spaces in title for consistency with other components and docs 19466 19464
  • Update block-filters.md 19595 19684
  • Update contributors guide with docker-compose info 19362
  • Add js syntax highlighting to documentation 19465
  • Use import statement instead of deconstruction in docs 19469 19471
  • Fix Navigable Container component usage code 19615


  • Block Editor: Remove (more) legacy “editor-” class name compatibility 19489
  • Block toolbar: rewrite toolbar forcing 19527
  • Breadcrumb: isolate logic 19573
  • Contain selection logic in useMultiSelection 19529
  • Move navigation and selection logic to WritingFlow 19397
  • LinkControl
    • Refactor LinkControl API 19396
    • Remove Popover from LinkControl component 19638
    • Add search results label for initial suggestions 19665
    • Prevent space being reserved for scrollbar when items fit box 19633
    • Remove non-public fetchSearchSuggestions from LinkControl documentation 19710
    • Update Nav Block to use new showInitialSuggestions prop on LinkControl 19667
    • Flatten LinkControl components by mocking useSelect for tests 19705
  • Remove core editor usage from block editor rich text 18789
  • Add script to automatically update core packages 19448
  • Adds tests for horizontal mover descriptions 19549
  • Remove: Gradient Picker from cover block placeholder 19712
  • Add SVGR support to wp-scripts 18243
  • Add storybook for Panel component 18541
  • Add supports html: false to new website blocks. 19646
  • Add: Block editor keyboard shortcuts on the widgets screen 19432
  • Added 8px padding to search input block. 19452
  • Adds a “(no title)” label to links to pages or posts with no title 19528
  • Array type attribute source query comma missing 19717
  • Block Editor: Make initial inner blocks non-dirtying. 19521
  • Block Popover: editor canvas as boundary 19322
  • Check for existing of avatar_urls array before trying to return the avatar img part of user autocomplete fragment 18259
  • Update downshift dependency to v4.0.5 19661
  • Components: replace console.warn with wordpress/warning 19687
  • DOM: Mark stripHTML as unstable 19725
  • Decode HTML entities for publish link 19517
  • Expose custom gradient picker 19480
  • Gallerys ids are saved as numbers 19163
  • Media & Text: Remove “Insert from URL” from the replacement flow. 19606
  • Page template previews 19106
  • Post-Author: Move HTML tags outside of the translatable string 19675
  • Priority Queue: Invoke callback when flushing queue 19282
  • RichText: split out inline warning 19545
  • Storybook: Update to latest 5.3 19599
  • Update npm-package-json-lint-config docs 19584
  • Update the float on the Spinner to none 19338
  • Wrap color palette in fieldset with label inside of a legend 19546
  • Check Symbol.iterator not Symbol.toStringTag (redux-routine) 19666
  • Skip intermittent end to end test on the button block 19653
  • Fix e2e test failures via console log exception to handle temp wpnonce error 19532
  • Packages: Mark build-styles as side-effectful 19535
  • docgen: Omit unknown type tag from Markdown format output 19571
  • Build Tooling: Skip package for build if package.json unreadable 19439

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.3.0 4.550s 33.8ms
Gutenberg 7.2.0 6.431s 64.7ms
WordPress 5.3 6.481s 69.865ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

What’s new in Gutenberg? (8 January)

The first Gutenberg release of 2020 includes not less than 180 PRs 😍crafted by more than 56 contributors. These change include some of the most asked for features from the community.

It includes a new Buttons block to align more than one button in a row. Several block plugins had this block available already and now it made its way into Gutenberg Core.

Accessibility-wise, a new tabbing behaviour has been introduced for Edit mode (mode you’re in when you’re editing blocks). Tabbing forward out of the block will bring you to the end of the content (the sidebar) and tabbing backward will bring you to the block toolbar and then the header. This makes it easier to navigate the editor and brings it closer other editors that let tabbing focus the next element outside the editor, rather than the next element inside the editor. Of course you can still navigate to other blocks with the arrow keys and by escaping the Navigation mode (press Enter to return to Edit mode, arrow keys or tab to navigate to other blocks).

From a developper perspective, this release also includes a big refactoring to the Button component: It now supports an icon prop and the design have been tweaked for more consistency across the different variations.

A new package @wordpress/keyboard-shortcuts has been added. Ultimately, this package will allow users to edit their keyboard shortcut combinations and third-party developers to register their own keyboard shortcuts.


New Features

  • Add a new Buttons block. 17352
  • Support adding links to Media & Text block image. 18139
  • Navigation block: Support changing the font size. 19127
  • Gallery block: Add images size selector. 18581


  • Improve the block inserter search algorithm. 19122
  • Improve the block placeholders design and responsiveness. 18745
  • Navigation mode: Auto-enable when tabbing to the block list with an existing block selection. 19238 19298
  • Use tabs for gradient and color. 19133
  • Add “download” keyword to the File block. 18995
  • Add “poem” keyword to the Verse block. 19355
  • Convert to blocks:
    • preserve text alignment. 19097
    • Skip shortcode if not on its own line. 19059
  • Writing flow: Improve tabbing for Edit mode. 19235
  • Use Popover for the block toolbar. 18779
  • Improve the block multi-selection styles. 19094 19121
  • Support reduced-motion for Social Links transitions. 18750
  • Use the default cursor for Select Tool 19157
  • Round position attributes on cover focal point save. 19183
  • Remove block inserter shortcuts. 19045
  • Navigation block:
    • Clarify the placeholder label. 19105
    • Removes the reusable block option from the items. 19250
    • Sub-items white background adjustment. 18976
  • Adjustments to the welcome guide. 19195
  • Audio block: Don’t render an empty audio tag. 18850
  • Make validation of block html tags and attributes case insensitive 19207
  • Block examples: concatenate strings and add translators notes. 19048
  • Show the trash button as a link. 19131
  • Removed the bottom-margin for the RadioControl component. 19340
  • Copy:
    • Capitalize “Manager” in Block Manager. 19375
    • Expand on sentence case usage. 18758 19377
    • Update the copy of the Experiments page 18233
    • Removes title case from alignments for text and image. 18757
    • Unify not capitalizing the heading for each of the attributes. 19374
    • Updates description of the navigation block. 19098


  • Remove the BlockAsyncRenderProvider and render parents asynchronously 19343


  • A11y:
    • Make text alignment items radio menu items. 19233
    • Add group role to the block wrapper element. 19213
    • Prevent tabbing to the block drag handle. 19211
    • Add a label attribute to the Social Icons block. 18651
    • Improve Welcome guide and modal component. 19261 19290
  • Pasting:
    • Content that results in a new block shouldn’t be treated as inline content. 19084
    • Preserve inline images. 19064
    • Remove trailing br elements. 19035
    • Remove windows paste markers. 19040
    • Strip HTML formatting space for inline text. 19043
    • Apply active formats when pasting inline. 14815
  • Rich Text:
    • Fix applying a format across 2 other formats. 19053
    • Fix using composed characters on Safari. 19171
  • Fix block navigation using the up arrow key. 19135
  • Fix Welcome Guide modal display for Internet Explorer. 19201
  • Fix Gallery block crashing on the contributor role. 19060
  • Only show available image sizes for Image and Gallery blocks. 19301
  • Remove the circle mask style from the Image block, and add a “rounded” style instead. 19028
  • Fix the Jest Preset Default package: Update preset file extension for inclusion in NPM deployments. 19306
  • Fix the Base Styles package: Import colors into variables. 19159
  • Limit the Next Page (Page Break) block to root level only. 18260
  • Navigation mode: fix reverse tabbing to the post title. 19305
  • Reposition Popovers on click. 19268
  • Fix RangeControl initialPosition prop to accept 0 as a value. 18611 19202
  • CustomSelectControl: Use items width instead of 100%. 19150
  • Verse block: fix white space. 19173
  • Add missing i18n to the Latest Posts block settings strings 19032
  • Fix ColorPicker alpha value normalization. 18991
  • Fix Post title encoding. 19187
  • Fix dates alignments in the picker. 19294
  • Media Replace Flow: Don’t show the URL option unless there is a handler. 19063
  • Popover: don’t render fallback anchor if anchorRef is defined. 19308
  • Fix cursor position when splitting blocks with IME keyboard. 19055
  • URLInput: Avoid showing the suggestions loader when disabled. 18979
  • Translate block example strings. 18162
  • Writing flow: simplify & fix tabbing out of block. 19312

New APIs

  • Button component:
    • Support the icon prop and use a consistent button height. 19193 19366 19123 19058
    • Deprecate IconButton and replace its usage with Button. 19299 19241
    • Support isPressed prop in Button and SVG components. 17748
  • New the wordpress/keyboard-shortcuts package:
  • New React hook: useInstanceId. 19091
  • Support running arbitrary commands on the wordpress/env containers and use it for linting and server registered fixtures. 18986
  • Font Size Picker: Add default size 18273


  • Full Site Editing:
    • Add package with barebones site editor screen. 19054
    • Add Multi-Entity Saving flow. 18029 19155
  • Widgets screen & customizer:
    • Fix Customiser block editor crash. 19023
    • Fix Drag & Drop not working on the widgets screen. 19029
  • Allow parent Block to consume child Block’s toolbar. 18440
  • Allow disabling the Block UI. 18173
  • Block Directory:
    • Update the regular expression that determines whether the plugin is using an img URL or an icon slug. 19316
    • Use the block’s title for alt text on block directory plugin items. 19263


  • Add types documention:
    • wordpress/a11y 19096
    • wordpress/blob 19092
    • wordpress/dom-ready 19089
    • wordpress/is-shallow-equal 19090
    • wordpress/priority-queue 18997
    • wordpress/i18n 19099
  • Document the CustomSelectControl component. 19026
  • Document the WritingFlow component. 19314
  • Link to the User Support Documentation. 19361
  • Add more documentation for wordpress/env. 19194
  • Add nested block / InnerBlocks tutorial. 17559
  • Add Developer Tools setup in Getting Started. 19074
  • Use ESNext as default code example format. 17873
  • Add standalone npm package release docs 19381
  • Typos and tweaks: 19280 19236 19376 19146 19022 19005 18423 19347


  • Block Editor: Remove legacy “editor-” class name compatibility. 19050
  • Block Editor: Test ContrastChecker notices by string comparison. 19169
  • Fix useColors crashes on storybook. 19046
  • Data: Remove unused forceRender argument 19206
  • Define useSelect dependencies properly. 19044
  • Deprecate wordpress/nux package. 18981
  • E2E Test Utils: Remove empty, unused KeyboardMode file. 19166
  • Popover: remove buffer options 19283
  • Refactor the MediaReplaceFlow component to use Dropdown. 19126
  • Remove unused is-hovered class from the block wrapper. 19390
  • RichText:
    • Rewrite withFilters with hooks. 19117
    • split out boundary style calculation. 19319
  • WritingFlow: rewrite with hooks. 19393
  • Project management: Add prepublish packages command for npm releases. 19214
  • Remove unused blocks-font-size classname. 19208
  • Add a pre-commit hook to check whether API docs are updated. 18820
  • Add mechanism to set a width on withViewportMatch. 17085
  • Add minimum and maximum values to the Gallery columns attribute. 16314
  • Include demo block templates in build ZIP. 19072
  • Fix CSS Coding Standards issue. 19272
  • Resolve WordPress package type imports. 18927
  • Add e2e tests:
    • Splitting and merging text. 19049
    • InnerBlocks renderAppender. 14996
    • Navigation block. 19189
    • Validate embed rendering before proceeding to next 19042
  • Add unit tests to the useViewportMatch and useMediaQuery React hooks. 19019

Performance Benchmark

The following benchmark compares performance for a particularly sizeable post (~ 36000 words, ~ 1000 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.

Version Loading Time KeyPress event (typing)
Gutenberg 7.2.0 6.233s 66.615ms
Gutenberg 7.1.0 5.669s 71.415ms
WordPress 5.3 6.481ms 69.865ms

#core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg

Editor chat summary: Wednesday, 18 December 2019

This post summarizes the latest weekly Editor meeting, held in the #core-editor Slack channel, on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 14:00 UTC.

The agenda of the meeting is here.

Next core editor meeting is January 8th, 2020.

Because of a lot of people being AFK for their holidays we’ll skip the next two meetings and plan the next Gutenberg release (and #core-editor meeting) for January 8th, 2020.

Considering our consistent bi-weekly release schedule, there were 23 Gutenberg versions released in 2019.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Task Coordination

Note: Anyone reading this summary outside of the meeting, please drop a comment in the post summary, if you can/want to help with something.


  • I migrated the MediaReplaceFlow to the video, audio, file and media+text blocks and the PRs are waiting for a review. They’re all pretty small code wise: 19198, 19174, 19162, 19158.


  • Triage continues and trying to ensure everything has a design review on PRs within short time.
  • Wrote v1 of triage team doc and it’s up on issue.
  • Spending sometime this week clearing down queues a bit and already finding I can close some, so nice to close!
  • Began working on navigation in wp-admin: working out boundaries for this.
  • Did some mobile web testing and logged some issues, continuing this.
  • Sentence case merged.
  • Quick fix for welcome guide.
  • Lots of design feedback and testing.


  • No new development happening from me this week but I do have this open PR for deprecating wordpress/nux that I’d love some eyes on: 18981


  • I’ve been working on a few PRs to improve API and consistency for the Button component
  • I’ve been working on a keyboard shortcuts package to ultimately allow editing shortcuts and registering third party ones
  • A few janitorial PRs


  • Been doing some fixups: – Fix ArrowUp/parent block selection: 19135
  • Fix IE11 Welcome Modal: 19201
  • Would still like to land removal of “shortcuts” (needs review): 19045
  • Starting to explore user preferences persistence (more “sticky” than browser storage): 19177

Hoping to hit on a few things in next days:

  • Better data reuse for REST API _fields (opens up new optimization possibilities)
  • docgen improvements (edited) 


  • Linking Media in Media + Text block is merged! 18139
  • Was hoping for some dev help on new Block Library categories: 11406
  • If the widgets screen is ready for testing, @jorgefilipecosta, I’d like to do some usability tests.
  • Usability testing the Nav block.


  • Been working on Raw handling, RichText, and slowly making progress with the toolbar in popover PR.


  • Been working on edit-site and new entity APIs. Also template part editing flows.


  • I have one small tweak left for adding background color support to the columns block. Refactored it to use the ‘useColors’ hook. Next I’ll do the same for the Column block on a separate PR 17813


  • I’ve been working on making the editing canvas resizable, PR in progress here: 1908
  • Branching off from that, I’m starting to look at how we might optimise default block styles with CSS variables without breaking things completely in IE.

Open Floor

There was a lot of discussion on improved revision control. The main point raised by @Carike was that by using branched revisions, with minor and major designations, users will be able to use block based themes more easily. @epiqueras offered that branching or minor/major revisions are too complicated and a better improvement to revisions si to have them support block level changes.

The general agreement was that we need better revisions performance and UX.

The discussion continues in Track ticket #48953.

A second discussion happened about adding pagination to the latest posts block. There was a heated debate on whether pagination is a stand-alone block or simply a feature of blocks that need pagination. @karmatosed argued that pagination is not an option that an user might think as requireing inserting a block. @epiqueras argued pagination should be a block and be developed in such a way that if it is used standalone it would default to paginating the default post loop in the page, while other blocks might opt to use it by default (e.g. the latest posts block).

The issue is still up for debate, UX and technical solution in the GH issue #13584.

On a final note, happy holidays for those who do that and happy new year!

#meeting-notes, #core-editor, #editor, #gutenberg