As you probably know, Jean-Michel Vedrine is the maintainer of several plugins, including the Formulas question type which interests me more particularly. In April 2017, Jean-Michel wrote: "I am sad to report that most probably there will be no new version
from me and I will put this plugin in the 'seeking for adoption' list." ( ref.: Downloads). I think Jean-Michel is now retired and doesn't really support this
plugin anymore. However, I couldn't find the plugin in the "Seeking new maintainer" list.
The latest version of the plugin is entitled "4.81 for Moodle 3.0 to 3.5" and was released on September 1, 2018. Although the title says that the plugin is only suitable for versions up to 3.5, the line under the title seems to indicate that the plugin
is approved for Moodle up to 3.6.
The need for an officially approved version of the Formulas qtype plugin for Moodle 3.7 and 3.8 is becoming more and more urgent for many users. Eleven people have forked Jean-Michel's GitHub repository, but no one has made the required updates, perhaps
because Jean-Michel has often said that the code for the formulas qtype is quite complex.
I have decided to fork the plugin and I think I have made the necessary changes in order to submit it for approval for these new versions of Moodle. For now, I made only the minimum changes, that is, the version number, etc., and I haven't made any improvements
to the code itself. No problems have been reported regarding the use of the plugin with the latest versions of Moodle and I think that the simple fact of having an approval for Moodle 3.7 and 3.8 would be appreciated by many users. Obviously this
does not exclude future improvements to the code.
the basics of PHP, I still need to learn a lot. Nonetheless, if you think I am competent enough to be the new maintainer, I would like to do so. Otherwise, I hope this post will grab attention and that someone else will soon be able to maintain the
Formulas qtype plugin.