Gutenberg + Themes: Week of Aug 4, 2020

Hello! This is the 14th 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.

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

In progress / Discussions:


  • Convert all front-end pixel values to rem. 24523
  • Consider the use of the prefers-color-scheme media query in Gutenberg + Themes. 24368
  • Remove --wp-admin-theme-color variable from front-facing styles. 24436
  • Avoid using Gutenberg’s $grid-unit variables in the front end. 24432

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

  • Articulate requirements for porting existing themes. 24313
  • How to sync edits from theme to site editor. 22469
  • Improve template part visibility and enable browse mode. 24252

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

A set of blocks are available with the Gutenberg pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party to enable building templates in FSE.

  • Remove hardcoded colors from the Navigation block. 24462

Global Styles

  • Global styles affecting non-FSE themes. 24326
  • Tracking and consolidating style attributes for blocks. 22700 
  • Make theme.json cross-platform (web & mobile). 24165



  • Remove editor-only styles from front-facing stylesheets. 24439
  • Remove hardcoded body text color from some block patterns. 24424
  • Remove hardcoded color in recent comments block. 24410
  • Remove hardcoded color from separator styles. 24366

Global Styles

  • Add support for more styles at the global level 24298

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