How do I escape a ‘]’ in a short code?

How do I escape a right bracket in a short code?

I’m working on a Google Map plugin that has encoded points. Sometimes the polygons have the ] in it, which makes WP think that it’s the end of the shortcode.

For example:

[my_shortcode latitude="36.93"  longitude="-72.98" encoded_points="ortlF~g]tM?cZEH`z]}|@DQfi]" ]

I’ve tried ] which is isn’t causing a problem for WP, but it is causing a problem for my Google map code. I could use Regex to replace ], but maybe there is a simpler way. Does shortcode have an escape character?


I don’t know of an official escape syntax for shortcodes and there likely isn’t one.

When wordpress parses for shortcodes it looks for [ and ]. If you want to use square brackets within a shortcode, using the respective html ASCII entities escapes them.

I.e. replacing [ by [ and ] by ]. WordPress will not recognize ] as the end of the shortcode.

Whether that serves your purpose obviously depends on whether it gets converted to ] before being passed to the Google Maps API or whether the API handles it as expected. I have no experience with that, so can’t say.

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