Warning: This function has been deprecated. Use esc_html() instead.

wp_specialchars( string $string, string $quote_style = ENT_NOQUOTES, false|string $charset = false, false $double_encode = false )

Legacy escaping for HTML blocks.

Description Description

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Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) String to escape.


(string) (Optional) Unused.

Default value: ENT_NOQUOTES


(false|string) (Optional) Unused.

Default value: false


(false) (Optional) Whether to double encode. Unused.

Default value: false

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Return Return

(string) Escaped $string.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/deprecated.php

function wp_specialchars( $string, $quote_style = ENT_NOQUOTES, $charset = false, $double_encode = false ) {
	_deprecated_function( __FUNCTION__, '2.8.0', 'esc_html()' );
	if ( func_num_args() > 1 ) { // Maintain back-compat for people passing additional arguments.
		return _wp_specialchars( $string, $quote_style, $charset, $double_encode );
	} else {
		return esc_html( $string );

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Version Description
2.8.0 Introduced.

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