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I display my custom field like this :

<p><?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, $my_field, true); ?></p>

As long as the field contains plain text, the markup is normal :


But if I put some HTML list in it, the content jumps out of the P tags and some additional P tags are even added :


Why is that and how to fix the problem ?

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Is this just the output from your browser’s debugger or a real source code view? – toscho May 7 '13 at 10:53
I see that in Firebug. In the browser I see that the custom field content jumped out of the P tags because there's a style (thick left border) on this tag and the content is below it. – drake035 May 7 '13 at 11:23

Let wpautop() do the work:

echo wpautop( get_post_meta($post->ID, $my_field, true) );

wpautop() will detect leading block elements and use <p> only when the value starts with a string.

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Same result : As long as I display the custom field between P tags, using wpautop or not, it will jump out of the P tags if it contains UL and LI elements. – drake035 May 8 '13 at 10:49
@drake035 Note that my solution does not include manual p tags, let wpautop() add those. – toscho May 8 '13 at 14:27
Thanks toscho. It works when I remove manual p tags. However it works without using wpautop() anyway as long as there's no manual p tags. Using div tags instead of p tags I don't have any problem. Still, this doesn't explain this weird behaviour : why does the content jump out of the p tags like that? I see no logical reason for this. – drake035 May 9 '13 at 10:33
That happens because a p element cannot contain block elements. The browser has to close it to open the next block element. – toscho May 9 '13 at 10:34
Hm I didn't know that, thanks a lot toscho. – drake035 May 9 '13 at 11:21

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