Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #11

Gutenberg 5.3 is out! This release will be included in WordPress 5.2. The planning of this worked great with the next WordPress release thanks to everyone involved.

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.

There’s been extensive moderated testing this week for the Navigation block. It’s so rewarding to converse with participants and get realtime feedback as they click through the prototype.

These sessions are not only boosting the confidence of design decisions, but also bringing to light several areas of improvement. After this week, there will be a post outlining the details of everything learned.

If you want to get involved in future testing, become a WordPress researcher.

Tightening up

This last release includes:

Block Management

The Block Manager has been included in this release! It’s been a requested feature for some time now.

The block manager modal
Block Manager

Section block

The Section block is difficult requiring a bit more time to get it to a minmum viable product. Aligning the inner blocks so that they conform to the wide and full widths within the Section block includes a lot of math, a lot of testing, and a lot of patience.

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 & Design Teams are working to prioritize a set of issues right now.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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