Gutenberg + Themes: Week of July 9, 2021

Hello! This is the 56th 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.  

This week includes a few items specific to the upcoming release of WordPress 5.8. As always, please weigh in on the tickets below — your feedback is crucial and appreciated. 

Issues / Discussions & PRs

  • 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. call for testing is still going on until the 14th!
  • GS: Request: expose theme.json layout presets in global styles #33184
  • Themes: Standardizing required theme CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Variables #33180
  • Themes: Latest Posts excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox. length not working #33027
  • Themes: Option to disable default 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. styles #32051
  • Themes: Post MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.: Allow meta onto one line #33268
  • Global Styles: Consider supporting gap #32366
  • Global Styles: Try a simple navigation #33064
  • Blocks: Ensure bundled query patterns inherit correct layout settings #30506
  • Group Block: Add a ‘display horizontal’ option #24473
  • Editor: Reduce specificity of reset & classic styles #32659
  • i18n: Add pattern block #33217
  • i18n: Add a block to allow strings in template files to be translated #33192


  • Themes: Update documentation for link color in WordPress 5.8 #33162
  • GS: Allow themes to provide empty values for color.duotone and spacing.units #33280
  • GS: missing link color on style properties to css var mapping. #33150
  • GS: Preset variables not being user on the site editor. #33149
  • GS: Update theme.json docs for WordPress 5.8 #33131
  • GS: Cover against non existing styles #33127
  • Blocks: RSS Block: Update block styles #33294
  • Blocks: Latest posts: Remove grey color for dark themes #33325
  • Blocks: TagTag Tag is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. Users can add tags to their WordPress posts along with categories. However, while a category may cover a broad range of topics, tags are smaller in scope and focused to specific topics. Think of them as keywords used for topics discussed in a particular post. Cloud: Remove editor style so editor matches frontend #33289

Overview Issues

  • Updated scope for site editing projects #33094

General Resources:

Thanks, @scruffian, and @mikachan for your help with this week’s summary. Please comment if there’s something you’d like to highlight 🙂#gutenberg-themes-roundup