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  • I’ve checked the forums and found no answers.

    How do you do basic editing on text, in the block editor, including:
    1 – Underlining words
    2 – Making words inside a line of text coloured to add emphasis

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  • Hello,

    WordPress’ editor (now Classic Editor) only offered inline colour formatting option in kitchen-sink mode and underlining was never available at all… perhaps for usability and accessibility reasons (people would click on underlined text thinking it’s a link, and blind and even colour-blind people cannot “see” your coloured emphasis at all).

    So “broken” is perhaps inappropriate in this context, and I doubt if these will ever be added to Gutenberg.

    But, the beautify of an open source software like WordPress is you’re free to do whatever you like, including breaking all established norms and standards — if you so wish.

    So, perhaps, you could use an HTML block and style it to your heart’s desire, or disable Gutenberg altogether and switch to any of the dozens of editors and page builders that may offer these formatting options.

    Good luck!

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    Underlining and inline text coloring were intentionally left out of the new editor.

    You can still access them through the Classic Block, but they will not be returning to the new editor anytime soon.

    Underlining and inline text coloring were intentionally left out of the new editor.

    You can still access them through the Classic Block, but they will not be returning to the new editor anytime soon.

    Underlining (along with Justify) has been out of the (now Classic) editor since 4.7, and it’s not available in the Classic Block either. There are even plugins to add just these two formatting buttons.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    Underlining (along with Justify) has been out of the (now Classic) editor since 4.7, and it’s not available in the Classic Block either.

    The buttons are missing, but those were removed in 4.7. The keyboard shortcuts still work for them, if you really need it. Click the question mark icon to find out those shortcuts.

    @gappiah
    >WordPress’ editor (now Classic Editor) only offered inline colour formatting option in kitchen-sink mode and underlining was never available at all… perhaps for usability and accessibility reasons (people would click on underlined text thinking it’s a link, and blind and even colour-blind people cannot “see” your coloured emphasis at all).

    1 – Underline used to have a button and still works using Control U. It is a recognized part of writing for formal situations and there are many rules in formal writing about using underlines.
    2 – Colour is used in many formal situations. There is no way of putting a word with inline colour in the new Gutenberg editor.

    Any “upgrade” that removes previously working options is broken. The editor is also broken in a number of other ways demonstrated here: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/number-of-editor-issues-in-5-02/

    Also color blind people are quite able to differentiate most colors.

    Instead of being disrespectful and suggesting people should write plugins / html, maybe look at fixing what is broken. That is the type of attitude that is getting WordPress a bad reputation at present. You assume everyone is conversant with html – most users aren’t. That was the main driving force behind wordpress – a simple platform accessible to all – not just developers. Now you are taking away the main mission statements from WordPress and making it a developers meritocracy.

    Over a million users have voted against Gutenberg by installing the classic editor plugin and many more are voting against wordpress by leaving for classicpress or other alternative cms. Until gutenberg gets out of alpha testing state (and it is only fit for alpha as it is missing functions, is buggy and causing issues) WP will continue to see the leakage.

    Lastly: Gutenberg breaks many visual editors and alternative editors. WP-Bakery is an excellent example where clients have invested good money to use a decent block editor and now it is broken thanks to Gutenberg. Using those is a crap shoot with the current state of Gutenberg.

    >Underlining (along with Justify) has been out of the (now Classic) editor since 4.7, and it’s not available in the Classic Block either. There are even plugins to add just these two formatting buttons.

    Bollocks!!! Colour is still present in version 4.8

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    @webkiwinz They’re not coming back. Feel free to switch to an alternative piece of software if these are critical for your process.

    Seriously – the ability to colour words is permanently removed?

    Surely WordPress should try to support the HTML specification not try to force a degraded specification.

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