Stripping HTML in Joomla 1.5.8


I love Joomla. I live and breathe Joomla these days, and it’s a great tool for making great websites. But sometimes you have to wonder what the hell the amazing crowd of altruistic coders are thinking. In Joomla 1.5.8 (as a significant change from 1.5.7 and earlier) you’ll suddenly see embedded HTML tags be stripped with no warning from your content.

It’s no doubt a necessary security precaution, but it’d certainly be nice to at least receive a heads-up by the system: “thx for making that edit to the headline, but, uhm, I took the liberty to also screw up the entire page by ripping out that Flash video you’d painstakingly embedded a year ago. I hope you can figure out how to recreate the specs, ’cause it’s gone now. Kthxbai.”

Here’s the fix to the problem — not particularly intuitive by any stretch of the imagination, but at least there’s a fix.