Hallway Hangout: 5.9 Go/No Go, Site Editor IA, and more

This is a summary of a Hallway Hangout that was wrangled in the #fse-outreach-experiment channel as part of the FSE Outreach Program. 

As a reminder, there’s one week left to share your questions about FSE.


Thank you to everyone who took time out of their lives to attend. It’s always lovely to see your faces and have time to chat. @overclokk @karmatosed @get_dave @annezazu @asilver @fabiankaegy @kafleg @mburridge

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We mainly focused on three items: the Go/No Go recap, the Site Editing IA concepts, and the Navigation Editor & Block work.

For the Go/No Go, we chatted about items we were excited for, including talking through @karmatosed wonderful patternspiration.com where she’s started to make art-like creations. This spurred the idea of a virtual museum of art made from blocks that yours truly just might try to make a reality.

From there, we moved on to walk through the various early design explorations for the Site Editing IA. This led to a lively discussion alongside walking through both the current experience and the various prototypes. We talked about the changes in colors between the different interfaces, how much friction to add/remove for various pieces, and which might make the most sense for 5.9. @fabiankaegy had some great feedback around including more than just the headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. and footer for the Separate exploration but in a view only manner similar to what currently is available with locking things in patterns.

Finally, we covered the latest on the Navigation Editor and 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. work. @get_dave was kind enough to talk through where the project currently stands with focus shifting to the Navigation Block in order to then lay the foundation for the Navigation Editor. A key part of this work right now is “separating the navigation’s presentation from its data in order to make navigations reusable”. This will allow both for easier block theme switching while retaining menu data and for menus to be edited in a template part without creating a local copy. If folks have time, check out these two PRs to help move this important work forward: Save Navigation Block data to a wp_navigation post type and Try using a template part in the navigation block.

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