Gutenberg Contributors Make Progress on Distraction Free Mode

Gutenberg Contributors Make Progress on Distraction Free Mode

Posted by WP Tavern on September 6, 2022 at 7:25 pm
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During last week’s Editor chat meeting, Automattic-sponsored Gutenberg contributor Andrei Draganescu reported that he is “slowly but definitely going to introduce distraction free mode,” a project he has been working on since early explorations began in February. The PR he referenced (#41740) is an extension of those explorations that takes the mode even further towards the objective of removing visual clutter when the focus is on editing text content. “Until now the preference, when toggled on, would only hide some of the toolbar icons and a few other non-essential UI items,” Draganescu said. “With this PR the preference will have a more drastic effect, turning the UI into a blank page.” Whereas the previous explorations were more focused on removing UI from the canvas, the demo video above shows how Draganescu’s PR takes it even further to create a full-page writing-focused environment. This iteration does the following: hides the top toolbar, makes it appear on hover over its normal occupiedarea removes many top toolbar buttons automatically closes any open sidebars hides the insertion point indicator hides the block toolbar The menu to turn on this mode would be added to the three-dot drop-down menu under the other alternative modes. Draganescu said there…

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