Does anyone know of a way to force plain text mode in comments for all roles?

Edit: is it in any way possible to do so through CSS? Thanks!

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Take a look at admin/settings/ckeditor/editg. There you can change the visibility settings by field path (something like [email protected]_id). That should work.

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    What's the editg in admin/settings/ckeditor/editg ?! This takes me to the same page as admin Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 14:08


function MYMODULE_form_alter (&$form, &$form_state, $form_id)
  // comments
  // http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules--comment--comment.module/function/comment_form/6

  if ($form['#id'] == 'comment-form') {
    $form['comment_filter']['format'] = array(); // nuke wysiwyg from comments
  • Please excuse my ignorance but where exactly does this function go? Thanks! Jane
    – Jane
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 9:03
  • This is an example of a hook that would go inside a custom module. Though the term "custom module" may sound daunting, it is a fairly common task. The best place to start is drupal.org/developing/modules
    – mpdonadio
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 13:37
  • OK thanks! Will try, though yes it does sound quite daunting... :)
    – Jane
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 17:12

For Drupal 6, I would recommend the Better Formats module to control this. It allows to set a default input format on comments, but also allows different defaults per role and per content type. The Drupal 7 version is in development, but its status is a bit unclear at the moment because some of the features are now in core.

  • Yeah I have Better Formats (it's a Drupal 6 site) but either I am using it wrong or for some reason it's failing to disable ckeditor in comments... at least for the roles that have permission to use ckeditor.
    – Jane
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 19:41

I had the same problem in D7. To fix it I changed the default input format of comments to Plain Text (ckeditor did not have a profile for that input format). This removed ckeditor from comments.

To remove the input format hints I installed the better formats module.

Update: I just noticed that your question was how to force plain text mode for all roles. To simplify I would just change the way the input format process text from "filtered text" to "plain text".


I did it this way. I fixed input format to a non wysiwyg one and denied access of it.

 * Implements hook_comment_form_alter().
function comment_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, &$form_id) {
  $form['comment_body']['#after_build'][] = 'MYMODULE_customize_comment_form';

 * Comment body after-build function.
function MYMODULE_customize_comment_form(&$form) {
  // Hide text-format selector in comment form and fix format to filtered_html
  $form[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['format']['format']['#value'] = 'filtered_html';
  $form[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['format']['format']['#access'] = FALSE;

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