Sarah Gooding · October 23, 2020 · 10 Comments

Gutenberg 9.2 was released this week and is the last release of the plugin to be rolled into WordPress 5.6. It features the long-awaited video tracks functionality, closing a ticket that has been open for more than two years under development.

Video tracks includes things like subtitles, captions, descriptions, chapters, and metadata. This update introduces a UI for adding video tags, which can contain multiple track elements using the following four attributes:

  • srclang (Valid BCP 47 language tag)
  • label (Title for player UI)
  • kind (Captions, Chapters, Descriptions, Metadata or Subtitles)
  • src (URL of the text file)

The ability to edit tracks is exposed in the video block’s toolbar:

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This update closes a major gap in video accessibility and greatly improves the user experience of videos.

Gutenberg 9.2 also introduces the ability to transform multiple selected blocks into a Columns block. For example, users can select three image blocks and instantly change them into a three-column section. Columns can be created from any kind of block, including InnerBlocks. The transform option will appear if the number of selected blocks falls between 2-6. (The maximum number is derived from the maximum number of columns allowed by the Columns block.)

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Another notable feature in 9.2 is the expansion of Cover blocks to support repeated background patterns. This gives users more flexibility in their designs, opening up a new set of possibilities.

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This release brings in more than a dozen improvements to the new Widgets screen, as well as updates to the Query Block and Site Editor experiments. The most notable smaller enhancements to existing features include the following:

  • Add dropdown button to view templates in sidebar. (26132)
  • Gallery block: Use image caption as fallback for alt text. (26082)
  • Table block: Use hooks + API v2. (26065)
  • Refactor document actions to handle template part titles. (26043)
  • Info panel layout improvement. (26017)
  • Remove non-core blocks from default editor content. (25844)
  • Add very basic template information dropdown. (25757)
  • Rename “Options” modal to “Preferences”. (25683)
  • Add single column functionality to the Columns block. (24065)
  • Add more writing flow options: Reduced UI, theme styles, spotlight. (22494)
  • Add option to make Post Featured Image a link. (25714)

Since the Gutenberg 9.2 release was delayed by a week, it includes many more bug fixes and code quality improvements than most releases. Check out the full changelog for more details.

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