[wp-hackers] WordPress 3.1 - something strange in the title

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 07:54:11 UTC 2011

On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM, Jimmy Roy <jimmy.roy at gmail.com> wrote:

> hi all,
> I'm not sure if it's the correct list to ask this question, if I'm not in
> the correct place please tell.

This is really a support question so it should have been asked on the
support forums.

> I notice something strange in my new WP3.1 installation, for example the
> title of my post is:
> *Vocabulaire - Découvrir les noms - Guide du maître*
> and in the blog the title is transform to:
> *8211; Découvrir les noms - Guide du maître*
> I fix that with this function:
> function cleanWPMess($content)
> {
> $content = str_replace(array("&#8211;"), "-", $content);
> return $content;
> }
> add_filter('the_title', 'cleanWPMess');
> add_filter('the_content', 'cleanWPMess');
> add_filter('the_excerpt', 'cleanWPMess');
> but I wonder why WP do that.

WordPress won't do that but something in your theme, plugins, or custom
functions may be the cause.
What WordPress is seeing, for some reason, is " - Découvrir les noms - Guide
du maître" instead of "Vocabulaire - Découvrir les noms - Guide du maître".
Because it is seeing the dash in front of Découvrir les noms it is encoding
it as the HTML entity for a dash. &#8211; is the entity that means the same
thing as &ndash;
What you need to do is to look at what is stripping out the first word of
your title. The most likely culprit is an SEO function that changes the


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