Monday, December 15, 2008

New reCAPTCHA release for eZ Publish

Thanks to Ɓukasz Serwatka for pointing out some issues with JavaScript in IE7. I've applied the patch and released new versions for both eZ 3.x & eZ 4.x both on the contributions section of the main site and at

It's pretty old news now but the reCAPTCHA extension won the "Contribution of the year" at this years eZ Awards! A little embarrassing to tell the truth, given that the extension simply exposes the reCAPTCHA system which does all the hard work.

If you use the extension please drop a comment on the blog and link to your site. It's great to win awards but even better to see the extension in action.

Monday, December 08, 2008

eZtip: Character Encoding in Templates

Idea (by annais)Recently I was working on a multilingual site and had to add some static text in a number of languages. I added the supplied text and then viewed the resulting page. Having previously lost many hours of my life to dealing with character encoding issues I momentarily regretted I'd gotten out of bed when confronted with mess that was before me.

Quickly regaining my composure I realised that eZ Publish must be doing the transformation and with a bit of digging I discovered that by default templates are seen by the system as being in iso-8859-1 and are converted into utf-8 for display.
In my case eZ Publish was doing what it was told and converting the already utf-8 characters in utf-8.

There are 2 options for telling eZ publish the character encoding of a template. Firstly you can configure eZ publish that all templates are utf-8 by editing template.ini.append.php in overrides for the entire site or your specific siteaccess to limit the effect.

# The charset to use if no charset is specified in the template

The other option is to specifically indicate a template as being encoded using utf-8. This involves adding the following line to the top of the template.

{*?template charset=utf-8?*}

In end I utilised the latter method. As I was making a small change to a large site that I was not familiar with, the specific method allowed for the change to be limited the effected template only.

I must admit I was surprised that these defaults are in place, given that eZ moved to a Unicode default some time ago. From the comments on this issue it would appear that concerns about backward compatibility are the reason that the default remains iso-8859-1 while the output is set to utf-8. I do wonder what effect this has on performance though.