Gutenberg + Themes: Week of August 30, 2021

Hello! This is the 63rd 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. 

Active Issues / Discussions & PRs

  • Themes: 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. v2 #34349
  • Themes: 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. Gap: Add configuration for horizontal and vertical block gaps #34347
  • Themes: Disable the wide width control if the theme does not provide a layout.wideWidth value #34507
  • Themes: Allow disabling text and background color via theme.json #34414
  • Themes: Track changes in the size of the global stylesheet #34329
  • Themes: Allow filtering the alignment options of blocks via theme.json #34317
  • Themes: Allow themes with theme.json to opt-out of block gap styles #34491
  • Themes: Add default editor styles applied to themes without theme.json and without editor styles #34439
  • Themes: Add basic support for child themes #34354
  • Themes: SidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme./widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. block #33952
  • Themes: Make it possible to define duotone settings in theme.json #34073
  • 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 template mosaic view #33770
  • GS: Remove custom prefixes from properties that did not land in 5.8 #34485
  • GS: merge block CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. with theme.json styles #34180
  • GS: 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
  • Blocks: Post Navigation Link: Add typography settings #34381
  • Typography Tools: Tracking #34345


  • Themes: Make global styles available to all themes #34334

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