This morning I released v0.87 of the Google Forms plugin. This update includes a new check when saving a form definition. The check scans the HTML from the form to ensure it has the proper HTML structure the plugin expects.
The new version of Google Forms is not supported by the plugin so this check ensures that a user is notified that the form isn’t of the expected format.
You can find this updated on your WordPress Dashboard or in the WordPress plugin repository.
A week ago (July 19th) I was contacted by WordPress regarding a potential security flaw in Email Users. Email Users was “closed” (which is why it doesn’t show up at WordPress.org) until the security flaw was addressed and a new version of the plugin was tagged and release.
Due to some work issues, I did not have a chance to work on the plugin until this past weekend. I have resolved the security concerns, committed all of the changes, and tagged a new release. On July 26th (Sunday) I notified WordPress.org that everything (I know of) has been addressed. At this point, I am waiting for the plugin to be opened again or notified that I’ve missed something.
I’ve uploaded v4.84. to my web site in the event anyone wants to download the update before WordPress.org makes it live again.
I have been toying with idea of moving development of my Google Forms plugin over to GitHUb for a while and I finally did it. Using the process outlined here, Google Forms development can now be found here. I’ve already made a few changes and pushed them into the WordPress Subversion repository from GitHub.
If someone wants to fork Google Forms and work on this, you are welcome to do so.
Last night I released Email Users 4.8.2. This version addresses the use of several WordPress deprecated function messages, support for custom email headers and footers, and adds a feature to allow the admin to hide the Email Users menus from non-admin users. Full details can be found in the Change Log.
It has been quite a while since I’ve updated Email Users. There have been a couple of enhancement requests that I’ve wanted to add and some deprecated notices I wanted to resolve.
Email Users 4.8.2-beta-2 adds the following:
Custom Header (similar to the custom footer which has been part of the plugin for a while).
Control over customer header and footer usage. Each can be applied to Notifications, User and Group Emails, or both.
Ability to remove the “Notify Users about this Post/Page” on the Post/Page editing screen.
All references to get_currentuserinfo() have been updated. The get_currentuserinfo() API function has been deprecated for a while but WordPress 4.5 issues a strong warning on the Dashboard about it so it was time to resolve it.
Please report any issues and I’ll do my best to get them fixed quickly and get this release out.
Google has moved the “Running Man” icon which I had been recommending to downgrade a new Google Form to the prior version required by the Google Forms plugin. Initially it looked like Google had removed the option which I was worried about. The option to downgrade a form is now in the lower right hand corner for the form editor under the question mark (?) icon.
Minor beta update to add more options for the BCC settings. BCC setting now can be set to 2, 3, or 5 in addition to the other previously available values. These values are basically an aid for debugging, they are not expected to be widely used as few hosting providers enforce limits this small.
Earlier today I was alerted to the possibility of Google changing Google Forms again. Based on my reading, I think it is more than a possibility, it looks like a done deal to me. This is a major change.
That doesn’t look very good. Not only does it not look very good, it doesn’t work either. I have no idea when Google will roll this out. Almost certainly before I can update the plugin. Based on my quick look at the HTML of the new form, it is very different than what Google has been generating for a number of years.
So … it looks like a lot to figure out at a time when I am really busy at work. I am hoping this isn’t wide spread for a while as I don’t expect to have much free time until the Christmas holidays arrive and work will slow down a bit.