Is there a way in visualforce to output text from a controller that does NOT get rendered in a span tag?

I want to just output a text string from my controller inside an <h4> tag. When I use <apex:outputText value="{!someFieldValue}" /> it generates a <span> tag with my value inside it and I just want the text with no additional HTML generated.


It is not always required to bind field value with outputtext when you put anything inside {!} it render value directly on visualforce page so you can do that in following way and it will render value with h4 tag

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    Do you still get the automatic escaping outputText provides in this case? Isn't this a security vulnerability?
    – Adrian Larson
    Apr 26 '16 at 19:41
  • @AdrianLarson no it will not do automatic escaping but he has mentioned that he has only text string not html string so it will work.
    – Himanshu
    Apr 26 '16 at 19:45
  • Not so, he mentioned he wants to merge in someFieldValue. For all we know it could be rich text.
    – Adrian Larson
    Apr 26 '16 at 19:46
  • I want to just output a text string from my controller this is what initial question was. but your question will also help
    – Himanshu
    Apr 26 '16 at 19:49

If you still want to use the outputText tag without your content being wrapped in a <span>, you need to refrain from applying styles. From the documentation on apex:outputText:

Displays text on a Visualforce page. You can customize the appearance of using CSS styles, in which case the generated text is wrapped in an HTML tag.

A simple page can be used to demonstrate this behavior.

    <apex:outputText value="test 1" />
    <apex:outputText value="test 2" style="" />
    <apex:outputText value="test 3" styleClass="" />

In the above, test 1 will just be a text node, while the latter two will be wrapped in a <span>.

You should continue to use outputText unless you are using a trusted input source and can verify it will not contain markup.


Use the expression syntax like the below:


this can mask the HTML Keywords in the string.. This way you can do your string manipulation..

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