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The function below is typically used when inside a loop of categories in order to return each category's description. I'm trying to use it to return the individual category's description when viewing a category landing page (mysite/category/somecategory).

How do I pass the equivalent object that represents the category?

On header.php

if(is_archive()) {
//get the category description
echo get_cat_desc(get_query_var( 'category' ))
}

In functions.php

function get_cat_desc($category){
  $the_description = strip_tags($category->description);
  if(strlen($the_description) > 200 ) 
return  SUBSTR( $the_description,0,STRPOS( $the_description,".",200)+1);
else return  $the_description;
}

Here is the function where I'm successfully passing in the category object to the function above...

function my_category_index(){
$categories=get_categories('exclude=1&exclude_tree=1');
foreach($categories as $category) {echo ce4_get_cat_desc($category);}
}
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get_cat_desc(get_category(get_query_var( 'category' )));

(get_category)

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