Block-based Themes Meeting Notes for March 4, 2020

Moderated by @kjellr, the full conversation can be found here:

Global Styles Update

A PR led by @nosolosw has Global Styles working within the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. site editor:

The main takeaway for theme folks is that this update pulls in style variables from a theme file (currently named experimental-theme.json).

You can see how this is applied in two PRs in the theme experiments repository:

Updating CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. blocks to support the Global styles variables is one of the main focuses for 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. this month, so expect to see more developments soon.

Blocks for full site editing

The comments count, comments form, featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts., and tags blocks were all included in Gutenberg 7.6, which came out last week. The following blocks are in progress:

Lighter DOM

Please check out two PRs led by @ella on the Lighter DOM:

The goal is to create 1:1 parity between blocks’ front-end and editor DOM structure. This gets us a bit closer to being able to provide one set of styles that cover both the front-end and editor.

You can follow along the Lighter DOM work here:

Block Patterns Overview

@nrqsnchz provided an overview of the Block Patterns concept.

“Block patterns are predefined block layouts that users can add to a document. Think of them as a combination of blocks that create a specific layout. These can be used to let users quickly add a contact form, a testimonials sections, an editorial section, etc.”

GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. issue with more details and explorations can be found here here:

The team has been exploring how to surface block patterns to users in this PR:

Your feedback and suggestions are requested!

Call for Experimental Themes

@poena wanted to remind folks that all kinds of submissions are welcome in a call for experimental themes:


Following the updates, a lively discussion ensued. Please refer to those conversations in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at if they are of interest to you:

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