I did something on Monday for the very first time.
I didn’t like the experience so I didn’t bother yesterday.
I am doing it at the moment as I am sacrificing myself on the alter of Public Interest.
What is this thing, you may ask?
Well, to most of you it is of trivial significance, down there with who will win the fucking World Cup or what the fuck Harry and Megan are up to, but to some of you it will indeed be important.
You see, I am writing this using an abomination called Gutenberg. It replaces the good old tried and tested basic editor in WordPress, and while it is merely a plugin at the moment, it is apparently going to be the default editor when they bring out WordPress 5. So anyone who uses WordPress had better fucking get used to it.
Frankly I find it to be a bit of a mess. Oh yes, there are new “features” such as “Drop Cap” which I won’t even demonstrate as it makes a hames of the layout. Everything has to be treated as a “block” such as a paragraph, an image or an audio file. Each has a separate “block” which can be dragged around the place, but it essentially just rearranges the simple things such as cut and paste, and makes them more awkward. It is a classic example of reinventing the wheel but in this case the new wheel isn’t even round.
Gutenberg looks at the editor as more than a content field, revisiting a layout that has been largely unchanged for almost a decade.This allows us to holistically design a modern editing experience and build a foundation for things to come.
Bollox! Holistic design? It’s fucking text for God’s sake. It took me a while to even discover how to do the quote above [apparently it requires its own special “block” type!]. Why should there be a learning curve when all I want is some simple editing? I couldn’t even find how to set the size of the image above or how to link it to embiggen it.
It is presumably named after the first printing press which in my opinion is an insult to Gutenberg.
It should have been named Bic Biro.