Demonstrates the creation of filters.

This is an example outlining how a module can be used to define a filter to be run on user-submitted content before it is output to the browser.

To show all the capabilities of the filter system, we will define two filters in this module. One will substitute the string "foo" with an administratively-defined replacement string. The other will find a custom XML tag, <time />, and replace it by the current time.

Foo filter

Backdrop has several content formats (they are not filters), and in our example the foo replacement can be configured for each one of them, allowing an html or php replacement, so the module includes a settings callback, with options to configure that replacements. Also, a Tips callback will help showing the current replacement for the content type being edited.

Time filter.

This filter is a little trickier to implement than the previous one. Since the input involves special HTML characters (< and >) we have to run the filter before HTML is escaped/stripped by other filters. But we want to use HTML in our result as well, and so if we run this filter first our replacement string could be escaped or stripped. The solution is to use the "prepare" operation to escape the special characters, and to later replace our escaped version in the "process" step.

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modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module, line 7
Module file for filter_example.


Namesort descending Location Description
filter_example_filter_info modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Implements hook_filter_info().
filter_example_menu modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Implements hook_menu().
_filter_example_filter_foo_process modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Foo filter process callback.
_filter_example_filter_foo_settings modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Settings callback for foo filter.
_filter_example_filter_foo_tips modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Filter tips callback for foo filter.
_filter_example_filter_time_prepare modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Time filter prepare callback.
_filter_example_filter_time_process modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Time filter process callback.
_filter_example_filter_time_tips modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Filter tips callback for time filter.
_filter_example_information modules/examples/filter_example/filter_example.module Simply returns a little bit of information about the example.