XHTML fixes for the WordPress reCAPTCHA plugin

The wp-recaptcha plugin for WordPress breaks when you’re serving pages as application/xhtml+xml. I inadvertently broke comments when I installed it (silly me for not testing!). I’ve written a patch that fixes it.

The default javascript API uses document.write, which isn’t a DOM method and hence is not a method of true XML documents. It’s not a new issue either, wp-recaptcha has had a history of breaking XHTML. The thing is, the WordPress plugin (which uses the PHP library by the recaptcha people) has an option to “Be XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant”; but this only fixes the use of iframes and noscript!

Updated: pushed fork to github

Under firefox, you get an error like:

Error: uncaught exception:
[Exception... "Operation is not supported"  code: "9"
 nsresult: "0x80530009 (NS_ERROR_DOM_NOT_SUPPORTED_ERR)"
 location: "http://www.google.com/recaptcha/api/challenge?k=xxx Line: 12"]

While under Chrome it’s

Uncaught TypeError: Object #<a Document> has no method 'write'

The real solution is to use the reCAPTCHA AJAX API, which for whatever reason isn’t exposed in the PHP library. You can grab my xml fix for wp-recaptcha from github.

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