WordPress 6.4 Roadmap Includes Typography Management Features, New Blocks, and Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme

Work on WordPress 6.4 is kicking off with a post from Editor Triage Co-Lead Anne McCarthy that highlights everything the team has planned for the release. This will be the third major release of 2023, and is unique in that it’s being led by an underrepresented gender release squad.

Although WordPress is moving into Phase 3 of the Gutenberg project, which focuses on collaboration, 6.4 will primarily extend existing features in the block and site editors.

“Initial explorations for phase 3 will continue in the Gutenberg plugin, and any early wins will be added alongside the foundational work already planned in this major release,” McCarthy said.

WordPress 6.4 is anticipated to introduce typography management features, including a Font Library and server-side @font-face CSS generation and printing. This means users will be able to browse a library of fonts in the admin, similar to how they manage media. It will not be dependent on the theme that is activated but will be a library that is extensible for plugin developers.

image credit: Roadmap to 6.4

Other new functionality planned for 6.4 includes the following:

WordPress 6.4 will also ship with a new Twenty Twenty-Four default theme that will showcase the latest capabilities of block themes.

McCarthy emphasized that the features published in the roadmap are “being actively pursued” but may not represent what actually lands in the final release.

WordPress 6.4 is anticipated to be released on November 7, 2023, with Beta 1 expected on September 26.


19 responses to “WordPress 6.4 Roadmap Includes Typography Management Features, New Blocks, and Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme”

  1. Surprised to see a Scrolling Marquee block going in core. Of all the things the team could be spending time on, and that’s what they choose? Not only is it a very niche use case, but the very use of scrolling text is questionable from a usability standpoint. Should WordPress be encouraging it by supporting it in core? I don’t think so.

  2. This is laughable, it’s appears to be driven by the short term design needs of A8 for wordpress.com. WordPress 6.4 could be tackling things that would make the web a better place e.g. a relationships api, finishing the taxonomy migration, a post status api, the notifications api, even the collaboration phase of Gutenberg. There are 10s of Trac items that have sat idle for years that are an order of magnitude more important than this list

  3. Agree with the other comments re the scrolling marquee block, it just seems bizarre.
    There have many requests and suggestions for text indent option in the paragraph block, going all the way back to the early days of Gutenberg, and yet somehow a scrolling marquee is put on the 6.4 roadmap.

  4. Scrolling marquee is an important, because everything else is static. Naturally the print biased crowd will howl to the sky about anything that is animated or dynamic, but will slowly adjust to fluid design elements – we shouldn’t leave entirety of modern design to plugins like Elementor.

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