Gutenberg + Themes: Week of October 25th, 2021

Hello! This is the 70th 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. Apologies for the delaying in posting.

Active Issues / Discussions & PRs

  • Themes: Series of bugs and shortcomings faced during 5.9 go/no go prep #35662
  • 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. Themes] Consider an 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.-compatible approach to starter content #35680
  • Themes: [Quote, Pullquote Blocks] Allow 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. customizations of the citation fields #35735
  • Themes: CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Custom Properties on BODY lead to DOM inheritance issues #35840
  • Themes: Allow themes to opt-in to font-smoothing via theme.json #35934 
  • FSE: Add outer padding support to the flow layout #35919
  •  Themes: Block editor: pass assets through block_editor_settings_all #35950
  • Themes: Draft: Try out variables substitutions in block templates #36059
  •  Themes: Block Themes: Starter Content #36074
  • FSE: Add fallback handling for plugins or themes using the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. #35877
  • FSE: Update and align template descriptions #36000
  • GS: Fix presets data for themes that do not provide any preset #36054
  • DT: Font Family Support: Fix skip serialization check #36073
  • FSE: Ensure the Customizer is available for plugins or theme options when using a FSE theme #35874
  • FSE: Lock entire FSE templates and template parts #36008
  • DT: Allow block markup to modify blockGap values #35778
  • DT: Flex Layout: Allow control over vertical alignment of children #35849   


  • GS: Lower the specificity of border & padding styles for the outline block style in the button block #35968
  • DT: Navigation: Force text decoration styles on nav item in editor #35859
  • GS: Remove the duplicated title in background, text and link views in Global Styles #35583
  • DT: Border Radius Control: Add fallback px unit and add utils tests #35786

Overview Issues

  • Default Theme (Twenty Twenty Two): Overview of Gutenberg issues: #75
  • GS: The Global Styles Interface #34574  
  • FSE: Post Comments 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: Tracking issue #34994 
  • FSE: Site Editing block placeholders #35501
  • DT: Typography Tools: Tracking defaults for blocks #35604

General Resources:

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