A WordPress Guy

WordPress shortcode API breaking changes in 4.2.3

This post is not the normal faire for this blog. Normal programming will return shortly (I had to create a new category called ‘Rants’ so that says a lot, I think).

I’m frustrated.

I am so conflicted with the shortcodes API change. I understand it’s a security fix, and that is the trump card. I’m fully cognizant of the fact that this change hasn’t affected a huge, huge number of sites and that’s a really great thing. I’m also cognizant of the fact the way in which the API was being used wasn’t the envisaged way (using shortcodes in attributes) and that, to a lot of experienced people, doing so is just a bit, y’know, silly.

However, this is a breaking change to an API. An API that has existed for a long time and as such is being used in many, many different ways.