Gutenberg 12.0 Focuses on Cleanup and Minor Enhancements

Gutenberg 12.0 Focuses on Cleanup and Minor Enhancements

Posted by WP Tavern on November 29, 2021 at 3:47 pm
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Last week, contributors to the Gutenberg plugin wrapped up the version 12.0 release just ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Most work is being pushed toward the upcoming WordPress 5.9 release, which has been postponed to January 25. As a result, Gutenberg 12.0 has fewer bells and whistles and more bug fixes and maintenance. However, the latest update has a handful of enhancements. The most notable features are an overhaul of block styles previews, grouped paragraph typography options, and block icons in the global styles sidebar. The site editor also has a new welcome guide, which should ship with WordPress 5.9 and introduce users to the new tool. Theme authors can now opt-out of the core color palette and gradients. There is still a bug where this does not currently work for the site editor. Block Styles Previews Hovering a block style to see its preview. For once in the last few years, the editor sidebar feels kind of clean and organized. When using a theme with multiple block styles, the style previews have been nothing short of an annoyance. The tab that held them took up a lot of space by presenting an entire demo of every option. In…

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