Gutenberg + Themes: Week of May 25, 2020

Hi everyone! Here’s the third weekly roundup of theme-related discussions, fixes, and developments 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. We’re going to try something new out this week, and highlight one issue/thread in particular. If you’re only going to look at one issue today, we recommend this one: 

  •  🌟 A new iteration of experimental-theme.json, complete with draft documentation. This merged PR establishes a new baseline for how 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.-based themes might end up defining styles in the context of Global Styles. 20290 (Documentation)

Since conversations are ongoing, some of the issues & PRs mentioned were also present in previous weeks. We’ve tried to put brand new ones at the top of each of the bulleted lists. 

Please weigh in on the tickets below — your voice and feedback are welcome! 

In progress / Discussions:


  • PR to remove form control resets and include in components instead. 22596
  • PR to adjust max-width setting for reusable blocks. 22632
  • PR for adding color controls to the list block. 21387
  • PR to change CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. specificity of default font-size rules. 22671
  • New issue to discuss themes setting font-styles rules for the heading block. 22641
  • Issue & PR to fix the appearance of Group block children in the editor. 22742 22746
  • Fixes for the issue where custom theme colors don’t work in the editor after Gutenberg 7.9.1. 22356
  • An attempt to remove some of the extra canvas padding in the editor. 22213
  • A conceptual discussion about removing all default margins for blocks in the editor. 22208
  • A discussion around standardizing classnames for blocks with backgrounds. 21439
  • A draft for converting pixel values to rem 22505
  • A PR to add darker colors to the blockquote + pullquote blocks when a theme opts into default block styles and dark mode. 22451

Block-based Themes

  • Tracking issue for Template Tags in Full Site Editing 22724 
  • Issue noting that the 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. block is available in the full-site editor, even when a theme does not declare support for featured images. 22313
  • Issue discussing the ability for theme files to be edited externally and synced with the full-site editor. 22469
  • Issue for creating a new Post Title block. 22621 
  • Syncing theme templates to the block editor in all contexts: 22469
  • Figuring out a way to handle inline dynamic content in theme templates. 21932
  • FSEFSE Short for Full Site Editing, a project for the Gutenberg plugin and the editor where a full page layout is created using only blocks. blocks are missing classnames on the front end. 21903

Global Styles

  • Recap and next steps for Global Styles. 22296
  • Allowing themes to override global defaults & block settings using Global Styles. 22655 22657
  • Keep track of what block style attributes are supported. 22700
  • Take block data for Global Styles from block.json. 22698
  • Document how “features” works in theme.json. 22622 



  • A new option for alignment in cover blocks. 21091
  • Sync up Group block markup in the editor with the front end. 21867
  • Use theme color for focus states. 22261
  • Fix for broken default color palettes. 22526
  • Fix for gradient presets that use named orientations and colors. 22239
  • Fix CSS bleed in button component. 22460
  • Fix visual bug in buttons that had a border radius of zero. 22293

Global Styles

  • A new iteration of experimental-theme.json, complete with draft documentation. 20290 (Documentation)

General Resources:

Thanks to @itsjusteileen, @jffng, and @joen for help pulling this post together. Please let us know if it was helpful in the comments!