Gutenberg Contributors Begin Early Exploration of a New Distraction Free Mode

Gutenberg Contributors Begin Early Exploration of a New Distraction Free Mode

Posted by WP Tavern on April 15, 2022 at 5:28 pm
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A truly zen, distraction-free writing experience is my white whale of WordPress features. The one that landed in WordPress 3.2 was pretty close to perfect, but the block editor changed everything. In the early days of the Gutenberg project, contributors worked on different ways to improve the writing experience after reviewers said they found it distracting and disruptive, that the concept of blocks may not be fully compatible with the simple task of writing. The block editor introduced settings like Fullscreen mode, top toolbar, and Spotlight mode, in part to mitigate the less than optimal writing experience. Plugins like MRW Simplified Editor and Iceberg have attempted to bridge the gap, but it’s not the same as having a built-in, core option for distraction-free writing. WordPress does so many things well but I would love to see it provide the best writing experience on the web, without a third-party plugin. Gutenberg contributors have returned to this challenge again with an early exploration of what a drastically reduced interface might look like as a new setting for improving focus. The PR outlines the reasons for the exploration: The UI of the post editor is so heavy it makes it hard to focus.…

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