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Free Plugin Declaration: Contact Form 7 is Free

Before I started developing Contact Form 7 in 2007, I was an avid user of Ryan Duff’s WP Contact Form and Chip Cuccio’s Contact Form ][. I learned how to implement contact forms as WordPress plugin by looking at their code. These developers were like teachers. If they didn’t publish their plugins for free, Contact Form 7, which has been downloaded more than 6 million times, might not exist.

Open-source code is the best educational material for developers. Open-source community is invaluable for the new generation of developers. The community grows by bringing new members constantly; I believe this is also how the WordPress community has grown.

The current trend is selling WordPress plugins and themes. Even if their license is compliant with GPL, wouldn’t it be difficult for developers to learn from them? This trend could weaken the WordPress community over time.

I don’t like to follow this trend. Now I’d like to repeat, I will keep publishing Contact Form 7 as a free plugin forever.

Also, I’d like to show my appreciation to everyone who has donated to plugin developers. With your support, we can continue development of free plugins. Your contribution defends the philosophy of the open-source community. Please keep supporting. As a member of WordPress community, I’m proud of you.

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福岡アクセシビリティセミナーで多言語対応についてお話ししました

2月18日に九州産業大学で行われた福岡アクセシビリティセミナー Vol.1 で Contact Form 7 の多言語対応と双方向性テキストの処理についてお話しさせて頂きました。

そのときに使用した資料をシェアしますので興味のある方はどうぞご覧になってください。

プレゼンのために調べているうちに自分でも面白くなってきてしまって1時間はしゃべれるくらいにボリュームが膨らんだのを20分枠にむりやり押し込んだので、早口だったしかなりわけわからん感じだったかと思います。伝えたかったポイントは次の2点くらいなのでここだけ覚えていってください。

  • 世界には右から左に書く言語がある (アラビア語、ヘブライ語、ペルシャ語など)
  • 現行のウェブ技術標準に従えば左から右、右から左が混在する双方向性テキストを適切に扱うことができる

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Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.2

I have released Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.2. This update includes several security fixes, so upgrading quickly is highly recommended.

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WordCamp Fukuoka 2010

WordCamp Fukuoka 2010

私の地元でもある福岡で初の WordCamp が開催されます! 2月27日土曜日、場所は西南学院大学です。今回、なんと Automattic から P2Monotone テーマでおなじみの Noel Jackson さんに来ていただけることになりました! すごい!!

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Cacoo is cool!

Honestly, I used to hate to write documentation. Because I’m not an especially good writer (particularly in English!), I always needed lots of pictures to help supplement my descriptions — and drawing is yet another pain.

Launching PhotoShop and drawing bad pictures with great effort, exporting the drawing to a PNG file, launching an FTP tool, uploading the file to my server, then checking its appearance with a browser, and quickly finding flaws on it — and then having to start the process all over again — that is awful and boring.

Recently, however, this issue has been fixed. I’ve started using a new web application called “Cacoo.” Cacoo is an online drawing tool that I think is greatly suited to creating illustrations for online documentations.

Actually, I have totally switched to Cacoo. I’m doing a great number of illustrations on Cacoo and putting them into my documentation for Contact Form 7. You can see these illustrations on ContactForm7.com.

illustration created with Cacoo illustration created with Cacoo

The image files are served directly from Cacoo, so FTP is no longer required! And it also means that when you update the image on Cacoo, the update is reflected on your site at the same time. If you manage online documentations like I do, I think you will really like this tool.

I heard that the Cacoo team attended the recent WordCampNYC and demoed there, so some of you might have seen them.

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Contact Form 7 2.0.7

Contact Form 7 2.0.7 has been released. This update includes several security fixes, so upgrading quickly is highly recommended.

Contact Form 7 2.0.7

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Support Tickets 1.0.1

Support Tickets 1.0.1 is now available.

Changelog

  • Bug fix: Additional fields don’t show up.
  • Bug fix: Backslashes disappear.
  • Call $captcha->cleanup() if callable. Shorten cleanup period to 1h.

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Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.1

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.1 is now available.

Changelog

  • The required WordPress version changed to 2.8 and higher.
  • cleanup() method added. This method cleans up dead files older than 60 minutes (default) in the tmp folder.

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New plugin: Support Tickets

Support Tickets is a new WordPress plugin I’ve created which allows you to create and manage a simple support ticket system or helpdesk system on your WordPress. If you are offering a support service and are looking for a simple tool to help you with that, Support Tickets is an excellent choice. I’m using this for my customization service for Contact Form 7, as well.

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reCAPTCHA module

reCAPTCHA module for Contact Form 7

This is not available now.