Helping out with Ruby Text

I’m happy to announce a new plugin launch today, the first collaboration between Daniel Post and block garden. This plugin has an interesting back story. I’m a little bit of a weirdo so I start every day by looking at the GitHub issues for Gutenberg. On the 25th of January I came across this issue. It was a user asking the Gutenberg team to consider adding support for ruby text. The first thing that ran through my head was what the heck is “ruby” text.

Ruby is the name given to the small annotations in Japanese and Chinese content that are rendered alongside base text, usually to provide phonetic information, but sometimes to provide other information.

Once I learned a bit more about it I knew this was a problem I had to tackle. The Japanese WordPress community has given so much to me personally (because of wapuu) I wanted to give back in some small way. I ran the idea by Daniel who had been wanting to get into blocks. Not only did he get on board quickly but he started working on it right away, even though it was the weekend.

In less than 15 hours Daniel had a working prototype. This blew my mind. Here was an issue that we had never heard of before and we were able to go from no idea that this problem existed to being able to solve it in less than a day. That’s the power of blocks, that’s the power of Gutenberg. I was so excited (and still am) that I didn’t know what to do.

This is what I’ve been talking about. Using the new system to create something that wasn’t possible before. To create things that make using WordPress even easier.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. If your language is one that could benefit from this please consider helping out with translations. Far too few plugins are localized and I want to make sure that I get this plugin translated right away.

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