I had two reasons for spreading my WordPress-issues update across two blog posts. First, the issues seem to overlap, but they really don’t – not seeing the ‘Like’ button has nothing to do with the editor the post was created in – Guttenberg is off the hook for that. Second, my experience dealing with the Guttenberg galleries issues made me think of a great one-liner, and third…OK, I guess I had three reasons. Combining them would have made for a very long post, and Monday’s post was already too long..
While I feel like I had some success with the issue of the ‘Like’ button (they tagged it as a bug), I had no such luck when it comes to the galleries in Guttenberg. I went through the same process. I wrote an explanation, I sent screen shots, I even sent two short videos showing how the captions appear in a Classic Gallery as you hover over them and how in Guttenberg…nothing. I thought I was making progress when I received a reply stating that they had been able to see and understand the issue I was reporting. Then they said:
“…I replicated your steps in a testing site and the galleries from Gutenberg blocks are different from the classic editor.
It seems that’s not really an issue since it seems it’s a design decision. So, in this case, if you want to have that specific display on your galleries, I’d recommend using the classic block.”
Which sounds to me like the classic tech-guy response:
“That’s not a bug, it’s a feature!”
In moving forward on this issue, I posted two issues to the Guttenberg repository on Github and I created two videos to demonstrate the issues:
1) The Captions in the mosaic images do not show when you hover the cursor over them. – Since this appears to be a design choice, I asked them to consider changing it. (Hover video)
2) The Descriptions do not always appear when you click on an image to enter the gallery slideshow. – I reported this as a bug, because even if you resize the gallery window, the descriptions move down as the image grows. (Description video)
Note: I capitalized ‘captions’ and ‘descriptions’ because those are the two fields by which you can describe an image in WordPress, but galleries built in the Classic editor/blocks show the captions while Guttenberg shows the descriptions. One nice thing is that the descriptions can be formatted to include links and other HTML tags. Captions are plain text (although you can add your own HTML).
While I don’t have great news to report, I have had some activity on item #2. I will keep you informed of any progress. However, there is some good news:
If the images you include in a Guttenberg gallery don’t have a “Title” OR if the title is the image filename blahblah.jpg or blahblah.png, Guttenberg ignores the title field and shows the Description field high enough in the gallery to be seen by your readers. However, if you give your photo a custom title, your description may not be visible in the slideshow.
Also, you can build a gallery in a Classic Block in Guttenberg that will behave like the galleries created in the Classic editor. You can see an example of this in the post I have been modifying to test and communicate with the engineers.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants. The images in the “Classic” gallery below are from the spring like days we’ve been having.