A while back, I made a post talking about my favorite plugins. In it I mentioned that the pages look a bit different when printed out, at least from a desktop, laptop, or iPad, and that it was mainly a feature of the theme, though a plugin does help to make sure there are no relative links in prints out, by replacing certain text with the proper address. However things have changed a bit more thanks to another plugin I made. Today, I will be talking about the plugin, which is called QRCode.
Things in our world are changing fast it seems. However, the one thing that will remain the same is that people may not want to type in an entire web address on their smart phone's browser, especially if they want to comment on something they printed out, or maybe share the link via their phone. Either way, the only easy method is to have a browser open it.
Because of that fact, as well as a suggestion from Dudley Storey's article, under the Coding category of Smashing Magazine, for making print stylesheets, I decided to make a plugin that places a QR code at the bottom of posts that will redirect users to the web version of the post they printed, when they scan the code.
To give off a demonstration, I will be using my review of episode 5 of A Certain Scientific Railgun S. Let us say that I like to read things in print, or maybe I would like to read and share the post without an Internet connection. When I go to print it off, it looks like the image above. Looks pretty good for a printed page, at least in my eyes, but let us say that I want to comment on the post and I forgot to bookmark it somewhere, such as a social bookmarking site, like Reddit. I would have to type in the address found at the bottom just to get back. If it was a person I shared the printed post with, which means it would be less likely that it was bookmarked somewhere by that person, they would also be in the same situation, if they wanted to make a comment. I know, each of those sounds lazy, but we are getting lazier as technology progresses. Without a Quick Response mechanism, users have to manually type in an address, just to be able to comment on something.
However, with this plugin, the print out now looks like the above image. The print out still looks good, but now we have a QR code with instructions on how to use it and what to expect after scanning it. This means that if I am reading off of a print out and feel like commenting on it from my phone, all I have to do is scan the QR code and I will get something that looks like the image below.
Now, I can comment on the post, or do whatever else with it that I want, which is kind of cool.
What are your thoughts about the QRCode Habari plugin? Do you think this is a neat or useful plugin? Feel free to comment.
Use an app on your phone (e.g. Scan for Android) to capture the image above. If successful, you should be taken to the web version of this article.