WordPress, With Release 4.1, Aims to Be Distraction-Free
The popular open-source CMS and blogging system gets a major milestone update that includes an enhanced distraction-free writing mode.The open-source WordPress blogging and content management system (CMS) released its 4.1 update on Dec. 18, providing users with new tools to develop and publish online content. The new WordPress 4.1 release has been named Dinah Washington, after the famous Jazz musician. WordPress has had a traditional of naming its releases after Jazz musicians for the last several years. The WordPress 4.0 release in September was named Benny after famed jazz musician Benny Goodman, WordPress 3.9 was named for Jimmy Smith, and WordPress 3.8 was named for Oscar Peterson. The most notable user-facing innovation in the WordPress 4.1 update is the enhanced distraction-free writing mode. WordPress has been evolving over the past several sets of releases to optimize the application's interface, and the new writing mode takes that effort a step further. The basic idea behind the distraction-free writing mode is to present the user with as close to a blank screen as possible, without the usual additional navigational or application buttons. "When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing," the WordPress 4.1 release notes state. "All your editing tools instantly return when you need them."
Also from a visual perspective, WordPress 4.1 introduces the new default Twenty Fifteen theme, which leverages the Google Noto font family. Noto has been optimized to work well with multiple languages, which is particularly important for WordPress. WordPress 4.1 is currently available in 44 languages.