I would like CKEditor to encode all special characters. Currently it only html escapes >, <, and & I believe.

I need the current html markup of this

Let's take a "ride!"

to become something like this

Let&rsquo;s take a &ldquo;ride!&rdquo;

In this situation, the Let's take a "ride!" is still what would display to the user, but the html should reflect the encoding so my styling is properly applied.

I am seeing that Drupal 7 had a config.js file that could be modified to accommodate this; however, Drupal 8 does not have this by default and does not seem to recognize it when one is created.

Does anyone know how I can make this happen?

EDIT: our content authors are using the Basic HTML editor permissions.

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A clean solution would be to alter your twig template to include escape. There are plenty of examples in that guide.

  • I modified the original question to hopefully be more clear. The end-user should still see the first example, but I need the html markup (and what is stored in the database) to reflect the second example so my styling can be properly applied.
    – bemarlan
    Jan 10, 2017 at 15:58

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