Gutenberg + Themes: Week of October 4th, 2021

Hello! This is the 68th 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 
  • GS: Update descriptions for the different screens under global styles. #35429
  • GS: synchronize user CPT registration and 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. visibility #35427
  • GS: Implicit Text, Hover, Focus Colors as Part of Color Palette #34717 
  • GS: Duotone: Add a type option #35359
  • 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 
  • FSE: Allow child theme.json to be merged with parent theme.json #35459
  • 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 
  • Themes: Row (Group variation) styling doesn’t work for themes without layout support #35439
  • Themes: Allow themes to surface specific patterns from the Patterns Directory #35364
  • Blocks: Try: Prepend text to the post date #35428
  • Blocks: Try using a template part in the navigation block #35418
  • Blocks: Try: Site Logo placeholder tweaks #35397
  • Blocks: Social Icons: add top and bottom margin support #35374
  • Blocks: Add [data-block] to appender. #35356


  • DT:  Columns block: Enable blockGap and vertical margin support #34630 
  • GS: Extract the three color panels to their own global styles view #35400
  • 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 
  • Blocks: Post Date: Add more typography options #35422
  • Blocks: Featured ImageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts.: Center placeholder chip contents #35417
  • Blocks: Site Logo: Move Reset button to the Replace menu dropdown #35372
  • Blocks: Add duotone to site logo #35344
  • Themes: CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site.: Add a reset for image heights #30092
  • Themes: Remove default padding/margin on the body of the page and editor canvas #35421
  • Themes: Enqueue preset styles for all themes in the editor #35424
  • Themes: Move the link color styles to the footer #35425
  • Themes: Reset margin for all children of flow layouts #35426

Overview Issues

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

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