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Humanist Archives: Aug. 13, 2021, 6:29 a.m. Humanist 35.186 - more pointy-bracket speculations

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        Date: 2021-08-12 12:32:30+00:00
        From: Henry Schaffer <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.184: early morning pointy-bracket explorations

>         Date: 2021-08-11 10:30:03+00:00
>         From: Willard McCarty <>
>         Subject: test
> Dear colleagues,
> My thanks to those who, cleverer than I, have suggested means
> to probe the pointy-bracket problem, for example by writing as
> follows:
> This is a <i>yet another</i> <b>test</b>. <u>Please ignore</u>!
> If, above, you see two incomplete sentences, then we know that
> an anti-HTML code is lurking.

  I see two complete sentences with markup of italics, bold and underlined.
That's fine HTML, but when Jim Rovira wrote
Does <- this -> work, or < this >?
I also saw all 5 words, and those pointy brackets aren't valid HTML markup.
So I've been wondering who gets the incomplete material.

> I've just discovered (1) that the above is correctly interpreted as
> HTML in the first stage of processing, producing italicised, a
> bolded and underlined words, and
> (2) that an expression of the form
> openingpointybracket-anything-closingpointybracket

  Hmm - what about <anything>  ??

> do not survive the first stage of processing. This does indeed
> suggest that only valid HTML markup is allowed. Hmm.

  I'm using Safari (14.1.2) on a Mac OS X 11.5 (Big Sur).


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