Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #36

Happy Friday everyone! Most of the 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. work for WordPress 5.3 is completed. Next date to keep an eye on is:

October 15Release CandidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1 (RC1)
This is a new version of WordPress ready for release, but still undergoing heavy testing.

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. previews needed another path. The Gutenberg Team tried base64 encoding for images in the preview code, but it caused the file to be too large. Next we tried pulling images straight from wikipedia, but didn’t feel comfortable relying on a site that wasn’t in WordPress’ control. Ultimately, we’re going to host the images on’s CDN and link to them from the editor. TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.

A picture of the Block Library with block previews.

Current work

Gutenberg usability testing

September’s round of testing is now posted. It included a new testing script that explored the Table block, and block moving functionality. Check out some of the videos and leave some feedback!

Design related work

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