Gutenberg + Themes: Week of September 27, 2021

Hello! This is the 67th 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

  • DT: 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. can’t have comments #35099 
  • DT: Navigation 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.: add block gap support #35277 
  • DT: Block Supports: Switch dimensions inspector controls slot to bubble virtually #34725 
  • DT:  Columns block: Enable blockGap and vertical margin support #34630 
  • GS: Implicit Text, Hover, Focus Colors as Part of Color Palette #34717 
  • GS: Refactor how the Global Styles access and sets data #35264 
  • GS: Global Styles: fix presets that use a callback to validate user data #35255 
  • GS: Consider loading user styles after theme styles #34141 
  • 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.: Post Comments Pagination Previous block #35009 
  • FSE: Post Comments Pagination Numbers block #35010 
  • FSE: Post Comments Query LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. block #34996 
  • FSE: Navigation Block: save data to a custom post typeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. #34612 
  • Themes: theme.json: whether or not to allow targeting settings that are specific to the block #35114 
  • Themes: Adding special user defined settings to theme.json #34755 


  • DT: Fix native BlockAlignmentControl #35191 
  • GS: simplify code that deals with user data for clarity #35248 
  • GS: Polish global styles preview. #35244 
  • GS: Add Padding to the root level of global styles #35241 
  • GS: simplify how we register preset metadata #35228 
  • GS: Block gap: Only render CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. variable if corresponding theme setting is enabled #35209 
  • GS: Update the rules to hide/show blocks in the global styles 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. #35178 
  • GS: Extract the color palette to its own global styles screen #35109 
  • Themes: Add duotone theme.json styles support #34667 

Overview Issues

  • GS: The Global Styles Interface #34574  
  • FSE: Post Comments Loop Block: Tracking issue #34994 

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Thanks @danieldudzic for your help with this week’s summary. Please comment if there’s something you’d like to highlight 🙂