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(190 posts)
Sun May 12, 2024, 11:15 AM May 12

Is there a way to post raw HTML code on DU?

Just tried posting simple HTML to quickly extract a particular string, only to find that DU strips out all anglebracketed tags: [xmp] [html][body] all vanish (as would these if had used anglebrackets instead of []

Neither 'excerpt' nor 'blockquote' prevents this.

Ended up using an image file to show the code—which would not work for anything more complicated.

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Is there a way to post raw HTML code on DU? (Original Post) SorellaLaBefana May 12 OP
You cannot post raw HTML code on DU EarlG May 12 #1
Thanks. Suspected that might be the case. SorellaLaBefana May 12 #2
What would I do? usonian May 12 #3


(22,196 posts)
1. You cannot post raw HTML code on DU
Sun May 12, 2024, 11:41 AM
May 12

For security reasons. It is possible to fake it with HTML codes, for example:

<img src="mypic.jpg">

Above, I used HTML decimal codes to insert the angled brackets. But it's a pain to do that for lengthy code excerpts, because each time you preview, the HTML codes get stripped out and replaced.

You can do it by creating a text doc and then replacing any restricted characters with the appropriate HTML codes, but you have to keep re-pasting it every time you preview. So it can be done, but not in a user-friendly way.


(190 posts)
2. Thanks. Suspected that might be the case.
Sun May 12, 2024, 12:04 PM
May 12

Besides being not user friendly, text editing <> to, say [[]] can introduce errors if the code contains Booleans.

As you point out, using either HTML decimal codes or &mnemonics is frustrating for the poster, and potentially introduces too much complexity for the reader.

Guess will stick with SIMPLE code and screenshots.

Again, thanks!


(10,952 posts)
3. What would I do?
Sun May 12, 2024, 12:53 PM
May 12

Off the top,

Copy and paste it into pastebin.com and give a link here.

(That's what pastebin was designed to do, IIRC)

A screenshot might serve as a preview, just so the post doesn't look empty.

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