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LMB^Box Comment Quicktags


LMB^Box Comment Quicktags is a plugin that puts a Quicktag Toolbar, just like the admin’s
Quicktags Toolbar, right above the comments text form area. You can use the bar to add
strong/bold, em/italic, code, blockquote, and links tags by default. You can add more or
remove some if you do not want them there. This allows general users/guests to be able to
post comments with advanced editing features.


  • Comment Section Form
  • Admin Option Page


  1. Copy the file lmbbox-comment-quicktags.php into your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate this plugin in the WordPress Admin Panel
  3. In your comments.php theme file add
    right above the . I put mine just
    above my commented out allowed_tags() call, example below.

    — Example —

    <!– XHTML: You can use these tags: //–>

    — End of Example —

3.1 You need to make sure that “ID); ?>” is just after the and just before
the lines at the bottom of the comments.php file in your theme’s folder.

3.2 Open up your comments.php file and find the same area as you did in step 3 above. Now if you notice in my example
above, the line has ‘name=”comment” id=”comment”‘ settings. Now you need to make sure that both
the name and id are “comment” like above (the default theme is like this).

Styling the Toolbar

  1. The code added at the lmbbox_comment_quicktags() function call has some CSS styling tags
    in place. Below is what I have for my style settings, which mimic the admin’s quicktags
    look. There is a span with an id of comment_quicktags that wraps the whole of the code.
    Then in the quicktags script, a link (Quicktags🙂
    is displayed followed by a span with an id of ed_comment_toolbar. The ID of the span can
    be used by anybody who may want to add more buttons after the hard coded buttons
    (eg. My plugin -> LMB^Box Smileys Plugin). All of the buttons are inputs with
    a class of ed_button, and all of the buttons have ids of ed_%Name_of_button%. The build
    in button ids are: ed_strong, ed_em, ed_pre, ed_block, and ed_link.

/———————- Comment Quicktags —————————/
/* Main Span */

comment_quicktags {

text-align: left;
margin-left: 1%;

/* Button Style */

comment_quicktags input.ed_button {

background: #F4F4F4;
border: 1px solid #D6D3CE;
color: #000000;
font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
margin: 1px;
width: auto;

/* Button Style on focus/click */

comment_quicktags input:focus.ed_button {

background: #FFFFFF;
border: 1px solid #686868;

/* Button Lable style */

comment_quicktags #ed_strong {

font-weight: bold;

/* Button Lable style */

comment_quicktags #ed_em {

font-style: italic;


Edit the Quicktag Buttons

  1. If you wish to change/edit the Quicktag Buttons that are displayed, all you need to do is
    go to the LMB^Box Comment Quicktags Options Page. On the page you will be able to set the
    Minimum Level to Change LMB^Box Comment Quicktags Settings, if to display LMB^Box Comment
    Quicktags Toolbar in Comment Form, and add/edit/manage/remove the Quicktags Toolbar Buttons.
    In the default buttons, there are two that use special builting functions. Do NOT add any
    settings to these buttons! They are ed_img and ed_link. To add a new button, put in a Button ID
    and a Button Lable at the least. To make the button work, fill in Open and Close Tags (these
    are html code tags that will be used to style the output of the text between the tags). You
    can also add a Keyboard Shortcut key (I don’t know how to use this though). The only time you
    need to check “Button Doesn’t Need Close Tag” is if the Open Tag is all you need to show the
    html code tag that you want (on ed_img button, leave this box checked!). Then to display the
    Button, check the “Display Button” checkbox. If you want to remove a button, either just check
    the “Remove Button” checkbox or remove the Button ID and Button Lable. To change the order of
    display for the buttons, use the first column Button Display Order to move each button to where
    you want it to be by moving them up or down the list.


  1. If you want to uninstall LMB^Box Comment Quicktags, just deactivate the plugin in your Plugins Page.
    When you click on deactivate, you will be prompt to if to remove LMB^Box Comment Quicktags Settings.
    Click Ok/Yes to remove settings or Cancel/No to keep settings.


Do I really need to use this plugin?

You don’t HAVE to have this plugin, but then you, your users, and your guests won’t be
able to make use of any of the advanced formating features UNLESS you/they now how to
code it in manually.

Contributors & Developers

“LMB^Box Comment Quicktags” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Final Release!
This Version Is For WP 1.5 up to 2.0, Anything Over 2.0 May Or May Not Work!
Starting Work On New Plugin, LMB^Box Comment Editor That Will Take Over.
Updated Code And Class To Use Better Features.
Removed Documentation From Plugin File. Now Only Located In readme.txt File.
Updated Quicktags Help Link.
Changed Options Page Name From LMB^Box Comment Quicktags To Comment Quicktags.


Changed get_settings('home') To get_settings('siteurl').
Added Header Output For Directly Accessed Javascript (Thanks To rudd-o AT rudd-o DOT com).


Fixed Slow Loading Problems Of Toolbar.
Updated Plugin Version Notifier Code.


Fixed Plugin's XHTML Validation, Now Validates XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
Added Plugin Version Notifier.


Rewrote plugin into a PHP Class.
Fixed magic_quotes adding '\' to button options.
Optimized plugin code.
Fixed updating options and moving button problems.
NOTE: Function call has changed! Make sure you read Step 3!


Removed some old ToDo comments.
Removed Safari brower check (Quicktags should work fine in Safari).


Fixed the version #'s (Doh!) in the file (thanks to Kenny for telling). 


Found and fixed some wrong code in the deactivation script to ask to remove DB entries.


Added Options Page for plugin's settings!
Added ability to add/edit/manage/remove Quicktags Buttons.
Added ability to disable display of Comment Quicktags Toolbar without removing plugin 
    or code from your comments.php file.


Plugin's Name Changed! From WP Comment Quicktags Plus to LMB^Box Comment Quicktags!


Added Steps 3.1 and 3.2 documentation.


I fixed a problem with the style sheet and the display of the quicktags bar:
    The styles where definded as classes and the main div used a class of 
    comment_quicktags, but for some reason the styles for the input buttons 
    didn't pass through the main div (comment_quicktags) to the quicktags toolbar 
    div (id="ed_comment_quicktags"). I first just added "#ed_comment_quicktags" in 
    between the ".comment_quicktags" and "input.ed_button" / "input:focus.ed_button" 
    styles, and this worked just fine. I didn't know why this was happening. I then 
    tried changing the class comment_quicktags to an ID (#) instead (I also removed 
    what I just added so that it was back to the way it was). I edited the plugin 
    file to change the main div from a class of comment_quicktags to an id of 
    comment_quicktags so that the styles will work. Guess what? No problems with 
    the input styles not passing through the main div now! I don't know why this is 
    but it works! So I figured that it would be better to use the id (#) version of 
    the fix instead of adding "#ed_comment_quicktags" in between the 
    ".comment_quicktags" and "input.ed_button" / "input:focus.ed_button" styles. 
    This way if anybody really needs to add a button to the main div and not the 
    quicktags toolbar div, then the styles will still work correctly. By the way, 
    if anybody knows why this happened, please leave a comment on my blog at


I have now included a readme.txt file with the plugin and I have also edited the 
    documentation in the file.
Added button template code and documentation for adding new buttons.


The first offical release of WP Comment Quicktags Plus for WordPress!