Gutenberg may have been the inventor of the movable-type printing press, but his name is also associated with perhaps one of the biggest controversies in the world of WordPress. Read more about Gutenberg for WordPress…
In the past month, dozens of articles and blogs have been written about WordPress’, the world’s most popular Content Management System, plan to introduce a radically different text editor when it releases it next major update. It is so controversial that people are taking sides and even resigning from volunteer user groups.
According to one author, “Love it or loathe it, Gutenberg is here to stay.”
Well maybe for some.
My concern since I first learned about Gutenberg last spring was whether the new interface would be accessible and whether its use would increase the potential for inaccessible content. I still don’t have an answer. But, at this point, the rumor is that the “old” legacy text editor will be available as a plugin, and I am counting on that. Read concerns about accessibility of Gutenberg…
What the Lords and Ladies of WordPress Land, the people who are up in that tower someplace have failed to do is talk to real people about this. Yes, they have plenty of the “under 30” crowd who were all born with opposable thumbs and can text on an iPhone at 300-words-per-minute giving them feedback, but I don’t think they have talked to the legions of people who are content-creators who are going to be very disturbed by the change. Certainly the folks who I have supported through my work here at jebswebs were not consulted. And, these are the folks that will be most upset when Gutenberg comes to town.
I will spare you the specifics and just hope that I am terribly wrong.