Block Themes Meeting Notes for 16 December 2020

Channel: #themereview

Facilitated by @kjellr

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. + Themes Highlights

  • WordPress 5.6 was released last week.
  • 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. blocks will soon have a font-weight setting
  • We want to load the Site Editor in an iFrame to give us a clean slate for styles in the front and back end.
  • Custom units are now an option for the spacing control.

There are more Gutenberg updates in the latest Gutenberg + Themes post.

Twenty Twenty-One (TT1) Blocks

Work is accelerating on the new 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. version of TwentyTwentyOne. This is centered around this project board.

The aim of this project is to reevaluate all of the Block specific CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. in TwentyTwenty one and determine if it’s still needed, and if it is, whether to move to Gutenberg; make it configurable via Global Styles, or add it to TT1 Blocks.

In many cases this is resulting in new issues and PRs in Gutenberg. We are keeping track of these on the board. Cards that are blocked by a Gutenberg issue should be moved to “Blocked” until the Gutenberg issue is fixed. This will give us a comprehensive list of all the issues we need to fix to get TT1 Blocks launched.

With the FSE Outreach Program starting up again soon, we’d like to add TT1 Blocks to the Theme Repository to make it easier for users to test Full Site Editing. We’ll use the name TT1 Blocks to ensure that users don’t get confused with the default theme TwentyTwentyOne.

Requirements for Block Themes

There was some discussion about the requirements for full site editing themes. The following changes were proposed:

  • Make the theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. file a requirement
  • Remove the requirement for specific php templates (e.g. header.php)

We need to ensure that the block markup in a theme submission is valid. Exactly how we go about this is something which still needs exploring.