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  • Resolved denplaza


    1. I type the text “….” in a post.
    2. The HTML tab of the editor also shows “….”
    3. The function the_content() returns the html code #8230; as text. (I removed the ampersand here.) The first three dots have been ‘corrected’ internally.
    I always thought that the HTML tab of the WordPress editor was the same as what the the_content() function returned.

    Character #8230 is a horizontal ellipsis but I just want the normal three dots. I’d like to ask, is there a way to prevent this without writing PHP script to alter the output of the_content()? I mean, can this be helped with a setting or another simple change?

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  • Hi,

    I think your issue might be caused by the wptexturize function. You can remove it from your theme by pasting this code into your functions.php file:

    remove_filter('the_content', 'wptexturize');


    Thanks for pointing out wptexturize. I think it’s a handy feature so I wouldn’t want to switch it off entirely for a few occasions.

    Unless someone has a more elegant solution (no offense to your option Marventus), here is what I will do. I’ll remove the ellipsis from the core code. Then, when I have more time, I’ll restore the core file and write some kind of ‘reverse’ filter that includes my exceptions… or something. Have to think a little more about it.

    Any other suggestions, thoughts, etc?

    By the way, funny to see that the three dots in my previous post were not converted to the horizontal ellipis 🙂 does this forum also ommit or adjust the wptexturize option? Moderators?

    In that case, you will need to create a filter in your functions.php file:

    function user_content_replace($content) {
    	return str_replace('#8230;','...',$content);
    add_filter('the_content','user_content_replace', 99);

    That should do it.

    P.S.: Remember to add the ampearsand to the character.

    Thanks for that example Marventus.

    You are welcome.
    If you need to replace more than 1 character, str_replace accepts multiple needles and replacements as arrays.

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