Block-based Meeting Notes – January 20

Channel: #themereview

Facilitated by @jffng

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.-based themes related updates 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

@kjellr and others compile a weekly list of Gutenberg issues and PRs that are relevant to block-based themes, the most recent is here: https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2021/01/15/gutenberg-themes-week-of-jan-11-2021/

Some highlights:

  • This issue summarizes the updates to how 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. will work, this will impact how themes and themers define styles on a global and per block basis: #28163
  • The navigation block has seen some good action and discussion as well with PRs such as #28169 and #27131
  • Until recently, block styles were being added to the bottom of the page, this change moves the block styles to the <head> as they should #28319

TT1 Blocks development

TT1 Blocks was added to the themes repository 🎉 https://wordpress.org/themes/tt1-blocks/ This hopefully widens the number of folks that can test and contribute.

Note that development is still happening in GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ in theme-experiments: https://github.com/WordPress/theme-experiments/tree/master/tt1-blocks

Discussion: default scope of global styles properties

Global styles will provide a lot of control to the user to change their theme styles via the editor. This issue discusses what controls should be shown by default to users and it could use some more attention from theme designers & developers: #27512

It was suggested that some users may be interested in having access to all the possible options and that could be surfaced via an option to choose “Show all” or “Only Suggested”

It’s also worth exploring an “Apply to all” option for when I make changes to a block – so it updates the global styles for that block.

Another idea that was discussed is the possibility to remember the user’s common behaviours when editing their site / changing styles, to surface their “Most used” controls.

The whole discussion can be read here: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02RP4Y3K/p1611156891074700

Thanks to everyone for joining! Please leave a comment if you have anything to add that is block-based theme related!

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Block-based Meeting Notes — January 6

Channel: #themereview
Facilitated by @kjellr

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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ + Themes Highlights

  • Work on the “Archive Title” block is in progress. This (combined with the recent query 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. updates) will make archive pages very close to complete.
  • This PR would add a border radius control to the search block.

TT1 Blocks

Development for TT1 Blocks is on-going here: 
https://github.com/WordPress/theme-experiments/tree/master/tt1-blocks

  • The theme was recently renamed from “Twenty Twenty-One Blocks”, to avoid confusion with the original Twenty Twenty-One theme.
  • Progress in the repository’s project board is ongoing. There’s a growing list of blocker issues being migrated over to Gutenberg. @scruffian reiterated the prioritization of logging Gutenberg issues versus fixing them directly for now, so that the 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. team can get a clear view of all the outstanding tasks.
  • Progress on preparing the theme for its theme repository submission is happening in this issue.
  • There’s a related discussion around whether or not the theme should have additional code to fully support comments at this point.

Open Floor

  • @richtabor asked about the minimum Gutenberg version required for using TT1 Blocks. @kjellr want sure of the minimum required version, but suggested that since FSE is still under heavy development, anything other than the latest version might have breaking changes.
  • @richtabor asked if TT1 Blocks will work without the Gutenberg pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. Once FSE functionality is merged into coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. it will, but for now block based themes all require the plugin.

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Meeting notes for December 8

Our agenda for this meeting can be found here:
https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2020/12/06/themes-team-meeting-agenda-for-december-8/

Weekly updates:

In the past 7 days,

  • – 237 tickets were opened
  • – 242 tickets were closed:
  • – 220 tickets were made live.
  • – 13 new Themes were made live.
  • – 207 Theme updates were made live.
  • – 4 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
  • – 22 tickets were not-approved.
  • – 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Resolution process for issues found in live themes

During the meeting there was a short summary of the main points of the proposal. The full proposal can be read here: https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2020/11/19/feedback-requested-resolution-process-for-issues-found-in-live-themes/

It was requested that we include a clarification for when a theme is suspended temporarily, and when a theme is suspended permanently.

The request for feedback was open between November 19 and December 7. During this time, there was one comment asking if the consequences were strict or severe enough, but no suggestion for how the process could be improved was included.

Based on the result of the discussion we will continue with implementing the proposal.

The next step is to publish a page with all the information about the resolution process.

Open floor

A reminder to all theme authors to test their themes with WordPress version 5.6, and to test their older themes for any compatibility problems related to the jQuery change.

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Block-based Meeting Notes — December 2

Channel: #themereview

Facilitated by @kjellr

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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ + Themes Highlights

  • Gutenberg 9.5 was released: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/12/02/whats-new-in-gutenberg-2-december/
  • The query block now has a grid view, enabling a lot of new possibilities: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/27067

Twenty Twenty-One (TT1) Blocks

Development for TT1 Blocks is on-going here: https://github.com/WordPress/theme-experiments/tree/master/twentytwentyone-blocks

  • Recent development activity is focused around this issue: https://github.com/WordPress/theme-experiments/issues/82
  • Much of the work has resulted upstream Gutenberg issue reports and fixes, which is excellent.

Open Floor

  • emptytheme was merged to theme experiments. It’s a blank slate for building 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.-based themes. The repo also now comes with a script to generate your own boilerplate.
  • A new block-based theme by @frank-klein was added to the themes directory: https://wordpress.org/themes/block-based-bosco/
  • @poena + the theme review team are working on the steps needed to accept 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. themes into the themes directory.
    • Currently, you have to submit a theme that passes theme check to create a tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket + add the theme to svn, then the moderators have to update it in the admin to allow the submission of a FSE theme.)
    • Perhaps this can be a good opportunity to improve the trac + svn based submission process.

Thanks to everyone for joining! Please leave a comment if you have anything to add that is block-based theme related!

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Meeting Notes for November 24

Our agenda for this meeting can be found here: https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2020/11/23/themes-team-meeting-agenda-for-november-24/

Weekly updates:

  • 221 tickets were opened
  • 223 tickets were closed:
  • 213 tickets were made live.
  • 16 new Themes were made live.
  • 197 Theme updates were made live.
  • 2 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
  • 10 tickets were not-approved.
  • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

This week we held a very short meeting with four attendees. We confirmed, as announced, that our last team meeting this year will be on December 8.

We posted reminders to add your comments to the posts below:

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