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#45599 closed defect (bug) (duplicate)

WP_Scripts::localize is encoding booleans incorrectly

Reported by: conner_bw's profile conner_bw Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.0
Component: I18N Keywords:
Focuses: javascript Cc:


Since 4.4.0 we can use the mejs_settings filter to configure the MediaElement settings.

The problem is that the filter is being run through WP_Scripts::localize

Valid MediaElement params:


The params I want to change are booleans. Booleans get encoded as json strings. WP_Scripts::localize() encodes false as "" and true as "1"

I've run into this problem twice this week. Some other 3rd party scripts are not having it with this interpretation of booleans.

Test case:

add_filter( 'mejs_settings', function( $mejs_settings ) {
	$mejs_settings['autoRewind'] = false;
	return $mejs_settings;
} );


var _wpmejsSettings = {"pluginPath":"\/blog\/wp-includes\/js\/mediaelement\/","classPrefix":"mejs-","stretching":"responsive","autoRewind":false};


var _wpmejsSettings = {"pluginPath":"\/blog\/wp-includes\/js\/mediaelement\/","classPrefix":"mejs-","stretching":"responsive","autoRewind":""};


Proposed patch, change:

foreach ( (array) $l10n as $key => $value ) {
	if ( !is_scalar($value) )

	$l10n[$key] = html_entity_decode( (string) $value, ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8');


foreach ( (array) $l10n as $key => $value ) {
	if ( $value === true || $value === false ) // Don't stringify booleans
	if ( !is_scalar($value) )

	$l10n[$key] = html_entity_decode( (string) $value, ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8');

This raises questions about why integers and floats are also getting stringified? The argument "because they are supposed to be read by the user, so strings!" makes some sense to me. I'm willing not argue about changing the existing behaviour for those types.

Where this falls apart is encoding true to "1" and false to "". If those had the intention of being read by the user then they are, in my opinion, illegible.

Thank you for your consideration

Change History (1)

#1 @swissspidy
5 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Duplicate of #25280.

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