# How to stop WordPress from changing ellipsis into a pre-composed triple-dot glyph?

When I type an ellipsis composed of three separate dots ..., WordPress displays the pre-composed triple-dot glyph … instead.

Is there any way to prevent WordPress from substitution the three dots?

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Just out of curiosity: Where do you need three dots? –  toscho Mar 12 '12 at 3:42
Just out of personal preference... There are also several style guides that recommend ... instead of … The ellipsis character did not exist before the advent of computers and in my humble opinion should not be used outside of a few specific use cases. –  Philip Seyfi Mar 12 '12 at 19:51
How wide an ellipsis is depends on the font. Semantically it is one character, hence the separate Unicode code point U+2026. It is also easier for automatic translation tools and screen readers if you use the special character. –  toscho Mar 12 '12 at 19:57

Three dots are converted to the typographically correct ellipsis … in wptexturize(). You can disable it in many cases, see my plugin Disable Wptexturize.

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That conversion - among others - is caused by the wptexturize() filter being applied to the_content().

The sledge-hammer approach to preventing wp_texturize() being applied to the_content() is simply to remove the filter, like so:

<?php
remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wptexturize' );
?>

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