format_to_edit( string $content, bool $rich_text = false )

Acts on text which is about to be edited.

Description Description

The $content is run through esc_textarea(), which uses htmlspecialchars() to convert special characters to HTML entities. If $richedit is set to true, it is simply a holder for the ‘format_to_edit’ filter.

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) The text about to be edited.


(bool) (Optional) Whether $content should be considered rich text, in which case it would not be passed through esc_textarea().

Default value: false

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Return Return

(string) The text after the filter (and possibly htmlspecialchars()) has been run.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/formatting.php

function format_to_edit( $content, $rich_text = false ) {
	 * Filters the text to be formatted for editing.
	 * @since 1.2.0
	 * @param string $content The text, prior to formatting for editing.
	$content = apply_filters( 'format_to_edit', $content );
	if ( ! $rich_text ) {
		$content = esc_textarea( $content );
	return $content;

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
4.4.0 The $richedit parameter was renamed to $rich_text for clarity.
0.71 Introduced.

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