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My point was simply to suggest alternate fixes to the Perl Monks website.

Obviously, the best is to never mess with what's between code tags.

But, this would require PM to send proper, UTF8 encoded response content back to browsers.

There may be technical reason why the PM website can't do that. Possible work-arounds to that include (but not limited to):

  • Save the content between code tags as-is, only applying entity encoding when generating HTML. Then download links would provide the code content as-is using "Content-type: application/octet".
  • For content between code tags, use "\x" encoding instead of entity encoding. Since (at least for now), non-7-bit-characters are most likely to occur in quoted strings, Perl itself would be able to decode the characters that appear in quoted strings. (Of course, if they are in the actual source code, either entity or \x encoding will make a mess.)

Again, these are just alternatives to the proper solution. It would be great if PM is able to properly support UFT8 content. We may have to live with a work around.

In reply to Re^5: BUG: code blocks don't retain literal formatting -- could they? by RonW
in thread BUG: code blocks don't retain literal formatting -- could they? by perl-diddler

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
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