Custom short-tags and shortcodes

In addition to the core short-tags functionality introduced in Textpattern 4.7.0, which you should read for background, you can also generate custom short-tags by creating specific reusable Form templates, which we are dubbing “shortcodes”. A shortcode is like any other partial of code you may develop in a Textpattern Form, but it’s designed with the intention of using in relation to an associated custom short-tag. This new functionality is similar in concept to the smd_macro or rah_beacon plugins, both of which are now obsolete against this new custom short-tags/shortcode functionality.

On this page:

Custom short-tags

The one difference between the core short-tags and custom short-tags is in relation to the <txp:output_form> tag. Whenever you create a Textpattern Form intended as a shortcode form (see below), it automatically makes a custom short-tag available for use having the same name as the form.

For example, a shortcode form might be designed to output an image with caption, wrapped up nicely as an HTML figure. It just so happens this is explained in the Image with caption shortcode doc. You might even name the Form, figure, if you never needed another type of figure shortcode form. Buy doing that, you now have a custom short-tag available for use as:

<txp::figure />

If you named your shortcode Form, image_figure, the tag would be usable as:

<txp::image_figure />

And so on.

When short-tag preference is disabled

Whether or not you opt to disable short-tag functionality in the Preferences panel, you can still use the shortcode Form. If its name is not purely alphanumeric, proceed via an output_form tag like this:

<txp:output_form form="my figure" />

Using yield attribute

If needed, the attributes can be defined explicitly in the tag as values of the yield="" attribute:

<txp::figure yield="id, caption" />

Note that omitting the class and wraptag attributes in the following example means they will be considered as global attributes and processed accordingly:

<txp::figure yield="id, caption" id="123" wraptag="div" class="picture" />


You can use any Form type when creating a shortcode form. The “Miscellaneous” type is probably a logical choice, but not obligatory.

The key to creating shortcode Forms is using the Textpattern tags yield, if_yield, and in relation to the latter, else

The yield tag is used to create attributes to process inside your custom tag: <txp:yield name="your-attribute" /> Add the default attribute to it if you want to set a default value.

The if_yield container tag (and the else tag) can be used to determine if the attribute has been supplied:

<txp:if_yield name="your-attribute"></txp:if_yield>

That’s it!

The best way to get started is look at some Shortcode examples for more possibilities and familiarity.

See something wrong in this document? Outdated info, a broken link, faulty code example, or whatever? Please write an issue and we’ll fix it.