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Gutenberg 3.6 – the newest version of Gutenberg has been released with new features and improvements. The new update was released on August 17, 2018, with more than 60 enhancements included in it.
The new update has introduced a few improvements to the user experience as usual. The enhancements in Gutenberg 3.6 includes the introduction of new icons for all core blocks, more visual breathing room, better handling of searched with diacritics, and more.
The new icons in Gutenberg 3.6 aim at encouraging people to create their own blocks to supply their own SVG. This is to avoid the multiple cases of duplicated icons diminishing the overall ability to quickly scan the blocks.
As the users started extending Gutenberg, the block icon duplication became a problem due to the limited number of Dashicons available. The blocks now use material icons that ensure there are unique icons for each block. The update has improved the icons for the core embeds displaying the corresponding icon for each embed service.
The new version has also added several new keyboard shortcuts, such as inserting a new block before/after the current block, toggling the inspector settings, removing a block, and showing said help menu.
Pressing ctrl+option+h (shift+alt+h on windows/linux) will display a new modal providing details on keyboard shortcuts.
Here are a few other notable changes in Gutenberg 3.6.
- Open a new window if prior preview window has been closed.
- Allow showing the sidebar and inspector controls when editing a block in HTML mode.
- Hide keyboard shortcuts on mobile screens.
- Bring the preview tab to the front when clicking the preview button.
- Update the Block Inserter to allow searching for terms that contain diacritics.
- Take into account children blocks when handling disabled blocks.
- Offer a chance to add and revise Tags and Post Format during pre-publish flow.
- Let menus grow based on the length of its elements.
- Add visual padding to menus.
- Change the color of links in gallery block caption.
- Simplify the styling of the “Toggle publish panel” aria-region to avoid content jumps.
- Show drop-zone background when a file is dragged.
- Add a Heading block implementation for the mobile app.
You can check out the full list of changes in Gutenberg 3.6 here.
The Gutenberg Editor is getting better with each updated version as it is getting closer to its final release. Also, the developers are implementing new features and refinements to make it as easier as possible for users to use it with each update. If you haven’t tested it yet, we suggest you give it a try right away. If you find something that bugs you, you’re always welcome to patch things you don’t like in WordPress.
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