The release date for Gutenberg is postponed

Just a few weeks before reaching the release date for the new WordPress editor's release into WordPress it's now postponed.

Just a few weeks before reaching the release date for the new WordPress editor it’s now postponed.

At least by two weeks according to the man himself, Matt Mullenweg.

After some noise about Gutenberg not yet being ready for release by influential WordPress developers it seems that the people behind the project have listened to the critics.

Joost de Valk founder of Yoast and has openly questioned whether Gutenberg is ready or not.

Release date for Gutenberg postponed - a-support
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In his article WordPress 5.0 needs a different timeline on his personal blog Joost de Valk gives two main reasons for moving the release date.

  1. There are “severe accessibility concerns” with the new Gutenberg editor.
  2. More importantly; Joost de Valk does not believe the stability of Gutenberg is where it should be. acknowledges issues

WordPress’ own Accessibility Team reported on October 29 2018 that Gutenberg is a lot more complex to use than the classic editor and that it has severe Accessibility issues.

The Accessibility Team concludes that at it’s present state Gutenberg will be an Accessibility Regression:

Because the complexity of interaction with Gutenberg is an order of magnitude greater than in the classic editor, we believe that Gutenberg is less accessible than the existing classic editor.

We will have to wait and see if the Core team gets it right in time and releases a new editor in WordPress that everyone can use with the same ease as we all have become used to over the past 10 years.