Gutenberg + Themes: Week of August 16, 2021

Hello! This is the 61st 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.  

As always, please weigh in on the tickets below — your feedback is crucial and appreciated. And please comment with any issues I missed.

Active Issues / Discussions & PRs

  • Prototype: merge 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. CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. with 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. styles #34180
  • Global Styles: Display font families from theme, coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., and user in font family picker #33889
  • Global Styles: Color Block Support: Switch to ToolsPanel for displaying UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. #34027
  • Global Styles: Use Global Styles or theme.json to style individual blocks #33977
  • Duotone: Make it possible to define duotone settings in theme.json 34073
  • Global Styles: consider loading user styles after theme styles 34141 34147
  • Global Styles: consider adding form elements to theme.json elements block 34198
  • Global Styles: Allow registering additional CSS selectors for blocks (to be used by theme.json) 34196
  • Global Styles: add APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. to allow blocks to access global styles 34178
  • Global Styles: Fix per block text color customization for cover block 34188
  • [Columns] Width listed in px rather than percentage 34096


  • Themes: Add block spacing gap config to theme.json and add support for this CSS variable to the “flow/default” layout. #33812
  • 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.: Site editor: fix for how CSS Custom Properties are generated #33932
  • Add layout default value support for blocks 34194
  • Post terms: add font weight support to block 34142

Overview Issues

  • Global Styles: Design Tools Overview #33447
  • Block Styles Breakdown #20331

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