Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking

There’s really a lot of enhancement in this release from an Operator perspective. Contributor Support has also grown by leaps and bounds which is very exciting.

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Design Draft and Scheduling
*includes preview links pre-publish
-Code Syntax Highlighting, Error Checking
*shows CSS errors, supported in new HTML Widget
*pre-panel error save block/check

New Widgets, Widget Features
-New Gallery Widget
-New Enhanced HTML Widget
-Add Media Button in Widget

Site Building Improvements
-Widget stabilization on theme switching
-Pre-Theme application preview enhancements

Gutenberg Call to Action
*for Beta Testers to contribute on GitHub
with the current Gutenberg Plugin in service

Developer Enhancements
-Customizer Improvements
-CodeMirror Integration for Syntax Highlighting
-Lessened jQuery Dependence in MediaElement
-New Capabilities for More Granular Plugin Connections

This release was led by Mel Choice and Weston Ruter with the help of 443 Contributors. Read the official release page for more details
*as a comparison, WordPress 4.6 had 272 Contributors