After continuing to play around with this I realized that I did not need to add nl2br, adding hacksaw was actually removing the formatting from the rich text field. I opened a new question here if anyone can help or has encountered this issue any help would be appreciated.


I have a line

 <p>{{ workItem.summary | hacksaw(words='75', append='...') }}</p>

I need to add


to it. I have tried

 <p>{{ workItem.summary | nl2br | hacksaw(words='75', append='...') }}</p>


 <p>{{ nl2br (workItem.summary hacksaw(words='75', append='...')) }}</p>

Neither worked.

Can anyone shed some light on the syntax I need to get this to work correctly?

  • 1
    Do you mean nl2br (new line to line break?) You have nb2lr. Feb 14, 2016 at 23:47
  • Ya that is what I meant Feb 15, 2016 at 0:48

1 Answer 1


I believe filters are applied in the order they're written. So in your example you're probably applying the new line breaks with nl2br and then removing them again with hacksaw.


<p>{{ workItem.summary | hacksaw(words='75', append='...') | nl2br }}</p>

Alternatively you could try setting hacksaw to allow line break tags. Something like this (untested):

<p>{{ workItem.summary | nl2br | hacksaw(words='75', append='...', allow='<br>') }}</p>

I'd go with the first option though.

  • Thanks for your time and answer, I realized after continuing to play with this that I do not need to add the function I was trying to add. My issue is comes from adding "hacksaw" to the text is breaking the formatting, I was trying to solve by adding in the nl2br function but I was just misunderstanding the issue. Feb 15, 2016 at 14:23

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