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  • Resolved thoughton


    I have some groups that have special characters in their names (brackets, European accent characters, commas, apostrophes).

    When using a shortcode like this [groups_member group=”Oxford University”] content here [/groups_member]

    This works for the the brackets and accent chars, but fails on groups that have these names:

    King’s College London
    Queen Mary, University of London
    Royal Holloway, University of London

    Is there a way to escape the apostrophes and commas? I’ve tried \ but it doesn’t work. (In my WP user list the King’s College London group is shown as King\’s College London but that doesn’t seem to work in the shortcode.)

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  • Plugin Author Kento


    Hi there!

    Thanks for pointing this out, interesting!

    What I figured out:

    – If I use a straight single quote as the apostrophe e.g. “Luigi’s Mansion” as the group name, it doesn’t work with the shortcode [groups_member group="Luigi's Mansion"]...[/groups_member]
    – If I use a slanted single quote, it works. For example: “Mario´s Castle” works with the shortcode [groups_member group="Mario´s Castle"]...[/groups_member]

    What also works is if you input the group ID instead of the name of the group, so if 11 is the ID of the “Luigi’s Mansion” group, then [groups_member group="11"]...[/groups_member] works.

    I’m not sure if we can actually do something about this or it’s a limitation on shortcodes themselves, taking note to investigate it further.


    Thread Starter thoughton


    Thanks for the reply!

    That’s great to find out about the group ID number. That should solve the problem nicely.


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