Support » Plugin: WP-Markdown » [Plugin: WP-Markdown] Backslashes are disappearing on HTML->Markdown

  • Resolved thehoagie


    The backslash character is not being properly preserved when the document is converted from HTML to Markdown syntax. Markdown syntax says that the backslash is a special character, so I escape with with a backslash, e.g “\\”

    When the post is saved in the editor, and refreshed, only one backslash remains. When the post is saved again the editor shows no backslashes. Each time the post is saved, the conversion forgets one backslash in each grouping.

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  • Plugin Author Stephen Harris


    Thanks for reporting this. I shall look into it and release a fix sometime next week.

    Plugin Author Stephen Harris


    This issue should have been solved in the lastest update. Backslashes were being (unnecessarily) stripped before being displayed in the editor.

    Backslashes are special characters, but do not need to be escaped themselves.

    Thanks so much Stephen. I used a single backslash, and it is preserved upon saving and reloading the post editor. I appreciate the quick turnaround on the update. Keep up the great work on the plugin!


    I’m having a similar problem with markdown links. I’m running v1.1.2 of the plugin with WP multisite 3.3.2.

    When I save a draft of my post or page, the square brackets around the link text get escaped and the link breaks. So this:

    [Link test]( "WordPress")

    Ends up like this:

    \[Link test\]( “WordPress”)

    I appreciate any suggestions.


    I discovered that this only happens when there is link title text in the link. So when I removed “WordPress” from the above example, the markdown syntax remained and the links work.

    BTW, this is a great plugin. Thank you for writing it.

    Plugin Author Stephen Harris


    Hi Moose123 – thanks for the update, I think this issue may be related:

    Not all MarkDown syntax appears to be supported (I’m using a third-party php markdown parser, and another HTML to markdown converter).

    Unfortunately I’m not able to give this plug-in my full attention at the moment, but I will look into and release an update as soon as possible.

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for the response. I just won’t use the title text for now. Not a huge deal.


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