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I'm setting up a way to feed the title of a WP post as the title argument for a reddit button. It works fine unless there is an encoded character in the string:

apostrophe’s break things.

...Which results in reddit double encoding the ampersand:

apostrophe’s break things.

I've tried the functions the_title_attribute(), the_title(), html_entity_decode(), and htmlspecialchars_decode() all to no avail - certain encodings remain.

Anyone know a way around this? Like a way to get the raw unencoded title from the database?


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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try this:

$title = get_post_field('post_title', $post_id, 'raw');

However I'd get to the bottom of what encoding reddit code would prefer. Echoing raw stuff is poor idea for security.

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This is exactly what I was looking for and worked perfectly. Thanks. Can you elaborate on how echoing raw stuff is a poor idea for security? – Jartron Oct 19 '11 at 0:24
@Jartron it is general security concept that any output should be properly cleaned in a way appropriate to output context. See Data Validation > Output Sanitation in Codex. – Rarst Oct 19 '11 at 9:02

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