Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #9

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Navigation 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.

Recruiting testers for the Navigation block is currently in progress. Interviews are scheduled to begin shortly thereafter, and should help inform the direction of the block.

Widgets to blocks

Foundational work has been done to get the widgetWidget A 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.-blocks working on the widgets.php screen in /wp-admin. According to Riad’s post, “It introduces a new @wordpress/block-editor module allowing building block editors outside the post editor context and even outside the WordPress Admin context.”

Tightening up

A side note: Some testing will be done soon on the block-specific responsive controls for the columns block. Please review the post and provide some feedback on the script and goals of this endeavor.

Block Management

The Block Management modal has made an adjustment from “Disabling” blocks to “Hiding” blocks. This feels much more clear that the blocks are still usable if you have them in your content, but they just won’t appear in the Inserter or / command.

How to show a “hidden” block is still being discussed. Most likely the decision coming forth will also affect the Inserter when showing deprecated blocks. If you have any thoughts around this, please share in the PR.

Block Directory

One of the 9 projects this year includes a Block Directory. Read more about this in the kickoff post. Thoughts around implementation 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. and, and “single block plugins” are being discussed.

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). (

The Accessibility Team has a list of issues that are being prioritized and will be shared with the Gutenberg builders soon. One of the more recent improvements has been the Custom Color Picker.

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