[wp-hackers] Idea: Rename the Excerpt to something accurate

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 22:28:03 GMT 2009

2009/3/2 Peter Westwood <peter.westwood at ftwr.co.uk>

> On 28 Feb 2009, at 23:42, Lynne Pope wrote:
>  I'm all for improved functionality.
>> Over the years the key things my clients have wanted from the_excerpt are:
>> 1. control over length (both characters and words);
>> 2. HTML formatting (achievable only if formatting filters are removed
>> now);
>> 3. control over the "more" - few like the [...] but not everyone knows how
>> to write a function to change this.
> This is in general available at present by unhooking filters and replacing
> wp_trim_excerpt.
> It could be improved if the_excerpt took some arguments and I am sure a
> patch that improved this would get favourable attention ;-)

Agreed 100%.

> 4. ability to select whether to include the_excerpt above the post content
> or not, by use of a radio button.
This isn't the sort of thing that merits a core option - this is all about
> how you write a theme and whether or not you are creating a specific theme
> or a generic theme.
> If this option was to exist it would be part of a themes options page.

Those who have asked me for this have all been using different themes and
each of them wanted the ability to include the_excerpt, or not, on a
post-by-post basis. It's easy enough to do globally with a theme and can
also be done by using the <!--more--> tag. But the point they raised when I
suggested this was that it's a feature of other web apps so they had
expected similar functionality from WordPress.

I don't use this myself but its come up often enough to be interesting.
Nobody has taken up my suggestion yet to add this to the ideas forum though


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