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Feature Proposal: Formatted search $formfield needs encode option


When creating a FormattedSearch I want to be able to use field values in html attributes. However if the field contains a quote or double quote it can break the attribute, effectively truncating it.

Example where this is needed

This formatted search creates a link with a title tag containing $formfield(TopicSummary) that should appear as a tooltip when you hover over the link. The TopicSummary is repeated after the link for reference.

%SEARCH{ "[P]roposedFor" topic="TocNotFoundNoError" web="Codev" casesensitive="on" regex="on" nototal="on" nosearch="on" format="<a href=$quot%SCRIPTURL%/view%SCRIPTSUFFIX%/$web/$topic#foo_$rev$quot title=$quot$formfield(TopicSummary)$quot>$web.$topic</A> Summary: $formfield(TopicSummary)"}%

Codev.TocNotFoundNoError Summary: eliminate %TOC% "error" messages; return blank/empty TOC instead


I'd like an $encodeformfield(name) variable to encode formfields for output. It needn't have the hyphenating or trucating options of $formfield, but an option to remove html tags, or a more general substitution regexp, might be useful (See the example above).

Impact and Available Solutions

Note: Patch is attached as http://twiki.org/p/pub/Codev/FormattedSearchFormfieldEncode/twiki-foo-bar-patch.diff. The patch is against the TWikiAlphaRelease of 15 Feb 2004.


If necessary, user documentation of new features introduced by this proposal.


Example uses of features introduced by proposal.


Any comments on how the feature is implemented or could be improved


EncodeParamsForFormFields and FormattedSearchFormTesting may be of help.

-- SamHasler - 05 Feb 2005

Topic revision: r1 - 2005-02-05 - SamHasler
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