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I have a standard rest API setup in WP. The results are displayed in an IOS App. Now the problem occurres, that single and double quotes and & are returned in the JSON as Unicode Decimal Code: eg. &#8216. All other characters seem fine. Any Ideas to that?

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I'll show here an example of how you can convert the HTML to Plain Text in Swift 4.

This example simulate that you're receiving this:

WordPress&#8216House --> WordPress'House

  1. Add this extension to convert your html code to a regular string:

`

extension Data {
    var html2AttributedString: NSAttributedString? {
        do {
            return try NSAttributedString(data: self, options: [.documentType: NSAttributedString.DocumentType.html, .characterEncoding: String.Encoding.utf8.rawValue], documentAttributes: nil)
        } catch {
            print("error:", error)
            return  nil
        }
    }
    var html2String: String {
        return html2AttributedString?.string ?? ""
    }
}

extension String {
    var html2AttributedString: NSAttributedString? {
        return Data(utf8).html2AttributedString
    }
    var html2String: String {
        return html2AttributedString?.string ?? ""
    }
}
  1. Use the extension

`

let htmlString = "WordPress&#8216House"

print("String is: ", textFromWP.html2String)

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  • Thanks for this example. The App itself is beeing coded by another agency... They are not willing to decode in the front end. Hell... – llorenzo Aug 20 '18 at 15:16
  • it is your string passed through 'wp_json_encode' or without it? – Jorge Casariego Aug 20 '18 at 15:20
  • Actually Idon't know. It is a setup of some plugins. ACF, ACF to REST API, Custom Post Type UI. It feels a bit of a Rabbit Hole to check for wp_json_encode. – llorenzo Aug 20 '18 at 15:44
  • Even when I start with a clean WP install. I get the same encoding in the JSON. Is there a way to alter the JSON output? Any Idea? – llorenzo Aug 21 '18 at 16:53
  • In this new WP install are you using ACF to REST API? – Jorge Casariego Aug 21 '18 at 16:54

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