Correct Way To Remove Wptexturize From WordPress & BbPress

wptexturize

Frustration sets in when software starts being too smart especially when you are not expecting it to.

The WordPress function wptexturize transforms quotes to smart quotes, apostrophes, dashes, ellipses, the trademark symbol, and the multiplication symbol.

CharactersTransformed toName
"---""—"em-dash
" -- ""—"em-dash
"--""–"en-dash
" - ""–"en-dash
"...""…"ellipsis
``opening quote
"hello“helloopening quote
'hello‘helloopening quote
''closing quote
world."world.”closing quote
world.'world.’closing quote
" (tm)"" ™"trademark symbol
1234"1234″double prime symbol
1234'1234′prime symbol
'99’99apostrophe before abbreviated year
Webster'sWebster’sapostrophe in a word
1234x12341234×1234multiplication symbol

I was sharing code in a bbPress forum and it would convert a double dash to an em-dash. Here’s how I disabled wptexturize completely from the site.

add_action('after_setup_theme', 'ag_setup', 5);

function ag_setup(){
	// Remove wptexturize from WordPress
	remove_filter( 'bloginfo' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'comment_author' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'comment_text' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'link_description' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'link_name' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'link_notes' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'nav_menu_attr_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'nav_menu_description' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'single_cat_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'single_month_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'single_post_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'single_tag_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'term_description' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'term_name' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'the_excerpt_embed' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'the_post_thumbnail_caption' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'widget_text_content' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'widget_title ' , 'wptexturize' );
	remove_filter( 'wp_title' , 'wptexturize' );
	
	// Remove wptexturize from bbPress
	remove_filter( 'bbp_get_reply_content', 'wptexturize', 6);
	remove_filter( 'bbp_get_topic_content', 'wptexturize', 6);
}
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