Gutenberg 4.3 – the newest version of Gutenberg has been released with an array of refinements and bug fixes. The new version was released on November 12, 2018.
This update has included many fixes, refinements, performance improvements and other updates for a better user experience. It has also included many accessibility tasks as well. Gutenberg 4.3 has included features like always show the block icon in the toolbar, allow toggling to core custom fields meta box, added an API to handle annotations, and more.
Let’s have a quick detailed look at the refinements in Gutenberg 4.3 release.
The new version allows you to always show the block icon in the toolbar, regardless of whether the block has transformations or styles. Prior to this change, blocks that didn’t have transformations or styles registered would not show the block icon in the left side of the block toolbar when the block was selected (for example, the columns block).
Gutenberg 4.3 allows you to toggle the core custom fields meta box. It has added an option that allows the user to enable the existing ‘postcustom’ meta box included in WordPress. With this feature, you can reuse the existing ‘postcustom’ meta box and the ‘postcustom’ assets are not loaded unless the option is enabled.
Similarly, another new feature added in Gutenberg 4.3 is a newly added API to handle annotations across blocks and rich text fragments. It also allows plugins like Jetpack or Yoast SEO to highlight certain parts of the text to make their feedback more contextual and actionable.
Here are other notable changes in Gutenberg 4.3.
- Separate paste handling from raw handling in general. Raw handling aims to convert HTML without comment delimiters to blocks, trying to retain as much content as possible. Pasting is more opinionated in what it retains as it also serves as source cleanup.
- Allow using a YouTube URL (or other sources) in the Video block and transparently convert it to Embed.
- Allow Alt+F10 keyboard shortcut to navigate to block toolbar regardless of the toolbar visibility (isTyping, etc).
- Return focus to an element that opened the post publish panel after it is closed.
- Add URL validation to link input in RichText.
- Avoid unnecessary re-renders when navigating between blocks.
- Improve keyboard navigation through the Gallery
- Allows blocks to opt-out of being available for reusable block conversion.
You can check out the full list of changes in Gutenberg 4.3 here.
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