I'm using a template file like (views-view-field.tpl.php) to modify the output of a specific Drupal 7 Views Field.
I'm trying to modify the field and then use it back in the Views visual editor as a replacement pattern. The problem is it uses the original $output when it is used as a replacement pattern in the other fields' rewritten output (instead of using what I modified in the themed template file).
Is there anyway to do this? I'm trying to avoid going in and theming the other fields just to use the modified first one.