I have a shortcode that is built using a Thickbox form with various inputs that return the values. This works fine. However, I would like the existing values (if present) to re-populate the form if the user opens it again.

Here is an example of my shortcode:

[schema type="person" name="Andrew Norcross" description="I make interwebs" ]

I have a working jQuery match function to find the shortcode if it exists:

var code = $('div#wp-content-editor-container textarea').text().match(/\[schema(.*)\]/g);

the code above does get the entire shortcode as a string, but I'm at a loss for how to process it efficiently to get the values I want.

so what I want to accomplish:

  1. check for a specific part inside the shortcode data (i.e. name="Andrew Norcross")
  2. get the value inside the quotes and insert it into the field on the form

I've tried a few ways but nothing seems to function as expected.

2 Answers 2


Try something like this...

var code = $('div#wp-content-editor-container textarea').text().match(/\[(schema.*)\]/);
code = '<' + code[1] + '>';
  • perfect! this is exactly what I wanted.
    – Norcross
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 16:53

I would look into using jQuery's .data() function. Because its a shortcode, you can't really store values from the form into the 's data attributes and retrieve them that way, storing them with the .data() function seems like your best bet.


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