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Blocking out the WordPress future… and it’s Gutenberg

January 16, 2019

I’m not a geek by any stretch of the imagination. There are times I wish I were.

Matthew Wright

I took the plunge a couple of weeks back and dived in to the new WordPress block-editor, which they’ve called Gutenberg, after Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1400 – 1468) who invented the printing press for the west. This post is written using the new system.

I didn’t do this lightly. My main irritation with software is the way that developers keep chopping and changing established systems, at times purely – it seems – because of the commercial need to present novelty, an issue that reflects not just money but also market share and attention. Familiar ways of doing things get thrown aside and users are forced into learning curves that stifle productivity.

Another gripe is the way that we’re slaves to whatever parameters and capabilities the corporate masters of the programmers deem we should have; we work in the way focus-groups and social engineers insist we must, or…

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