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I'm trying to create a function for the title inside my functions.php, I'm having a problem with the search title part where I have to concatenate here's the part with issues:

elseif (is_search()) {
_e('Search for ', 'textdomain') . '"' . esc_html(the_search_quey()) . '$quot; - '; }

this one gives a title like this: Search for searchtermsitename

no quotes and the search term is attached to the site name.

I tried this one:

elseif (is_search()) {
_e('Search for ' . '"' . esc_html(the_search_quey()) . '$quot; - ', 'textdomain'); }

it doesn't work either, this one outputs: searchtermSearch for "" sitename

it's better than the first one but he search query is before, and can't figure out why.

so any help, and thanks in advance.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

the_search_query() echoes itself, so by putting it into another echo function (what _e() is) you'll get result as in second example.

It isn't recommended to use variables or function inside l18n functions, because they can't be translated, for more information see Otto's: Internationalization: You’re probably doing it wrong.

So you should use code like this:

printf( __( 'Seach for "%s", 'textdomain' ), get_search_query() );

Note that I'm using get_search_query(), because it simply returns value instead echoing it, also it passes query sting through esc_attr() and no need for esc_html().

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thank you very much for the info – Pierre Mar 27 '12 at 9:00
Great article by Otto you linked to. Thanks. – Geert Mar 27 '12 at 9:02
You're very welcome. – Mamaduka Mar 27 '12 at 9:09
I like it when I go to answer a question and somebody's already quoted me. :) – Otto Mar 28 '12 at 1:40
@Otto quoting you will be trending this year, WordCamp San Diego showed it. :) – Mamaduka Mar 28 '12 at 8:25

The key is to use %s placeholders in combination with the sprintf or printf function.

printf(__('Search for “%s”', 'textdomain'), esc_html(get_search_query());


Also note that the_search_query() outputs its result directly, you need get_search_query() which returns the result.

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it's still giving the same output like my second try – Pierre Mar 27 '12 at 8:52
Updated with get_search_query() instead of the_search_query(). – Geert Mar 27 '12 at 8:57
thank you for your help – Pierre Mar 27 '12 at 9:01

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