[wp-hackers] slashes in custom field input

Rick Beckman rick.beckman at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 11:02:58 GMT 2008

Glad I'm not the only one up at this hour. Here's a better rundown of it:

In a post, I add this as a custom field:
This, "that," and 'the other.'

After I click "Add Custom Field" and the field moves up to the list of
already added fields, it appears like this:
This, \"that,\" and \'the other.\'

Outputting that content as a meta field in my post -- utilizing
attribute_escape() to preserve the quotes -- I get this:
<meta name="description" content="This, \&quot;that,\&quot; and
\&#039;the other.\&#039;" />

Which is fine, of course, except for the slashes which were never
removed. I know I can easily strip slashes in my template file, and I
can also easily remove them from the custom field after the initial
adding of it.

However, it just seems like they shouldn't be present at all after
pressing "Add Custom Field." Subsequent edits of the custom field
doesn't generate any extraneous slashes, after all.

Rick Beckman

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 6:53 AM, DD32 <wordpress at dd32.id.au> wrote:
> Quick question:
> Are you saying that the output from attribute_escape() ends up with ' " and & with slashes? Or that the raw output from get_post_meta() contains the slashes?
> On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 20:48:02 +1000, Rick Beckman <rick.beckman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm attempting to use custom fields to handle post descriptions instead of
>> installing one of a thousand SEO plugins to do it, and while the theme
>> output mechanism was dead-simple for even a lightweight like me to put
>> together, I notice that whenever I add a custom field, the value that is
>> saved has slashes added to entities such as ", ', and &.
>> I'm already attribute_escape()ing the custom field output so that I can use
>> quotes and ampersands within it without it breaking my HTML.
>> It seems like WP should be stripping the slashes added by what I can only
>> assume is the Ajax mechanism for first adding the field to a post.
>> Subsquently editing and saving the value doesn't seem to add slashes
>> anymore.
>> Has anyone else noticed this?
>> --
>> Rick Beckman
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