[wp-hackers] the_excerpt should have parameters

Boris Anthony lists.permutype at gmail.com
Sun May 27 23:45:56 GMT 2007

Sounds like a candidate for a nice plugin! If it doesn't already  

parameter vars:
- length (characters or words or sentences. smart truncate? beware  
scripts like kanji! )
- prompt (the [...] thing)
- prompt link to permalink true | false

for the filtering, perhaps an options screen where the user can check  
off some standard stuff they want to keep/allow
- links
- images
- embedded objects
- iframes

or just pass these as parameters too...

just what I thought seeing this. cheers.


On 27-May-07, at 6:52 PM, R.J. Kaplan wrote:

> Hi,
> I'd like to raise a suggestion, based on a lot of feedback I get  
> from clients. the_excerpt() function currectly has no tags, but  
> they're a few things that users usually want to control, and not  
> possible.
> 1. the length of the excerpt. I know it can be controlled more  
> effectively with the_content() and <!--more-->, but not everyone  
> has the patience to do that with every post, all they want is a  
> different length.
> 2. the [...] at the end. i've got loads of requests to remove or  
> change it. having that as a parameter in the_excerpt() could be  
> really helpful.
> 3. the_excerpt() strips the html tags out of the post. now, this  
> gives the desiarable affect %95 of the time, and I understand that  
> it's done to prevent validation errors (though it's not done when  
> the post is cut in half with <!--more-->) but sometimes, like when  
> someone post a video from youtube and wants it to show in the  
> excerpt, it might be useful to be able to change this setting.
> ~Rubin
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