Editor Continues to Struggle with HTML Listings

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    So a few months ago, I noted a bug with the way the new “Beep Beep Boop” editor handles the HTML code listings on my site:


    More recently I have experienced similar but slightly different parsing errors. This time it’s happening whether I use the “new” editor or the “old” one, though I’m not sure whether that’s because the old one’s been completely supplanted at this point.

    Basically, my site is all listings of JavaScript programs that are meant to be run in a web browser. The JavaScript itself is enclosed in HTML’s “html”, “body”, and “script” tags, and I sometimes also build my programs’ UI using other HTML tags.

    Once upon a time, I would publish my code by escaping the “&”, “<” and “>” characters in my HTML file (with the “amp”, “lt” and “gt” sequences) and copying the escaped text into a “pre” element in my post.

    This approach no longer works. When I try to do things that way, everything after the first “<” in my code listing disappears into the ether.

    As a workaround, I have been replacing “<” and “>” with “[[” and “]]”, along with a note that the reader will have to substitute the proper characters manually. That’s kind of a huge bummer for everyone involved, though.

    For an example, see my most recent post:


    Can someone at WordPress please take a look at this? Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is thiscouldbebetter.wordpress.com.


    I hate to be a pain, but it’s been a while since I logged this error, and no response so far. Is there any way to know if this bug is a candidate to be fixed? Is there a publicly accessible bug tracker somewhere?



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    Thank you, timethief.



    Actually, for security reasons, we don’t allow execution of JavaScript at WordPress.com. You’re welcome to continue posting source code, though. More info here:


    we don’t allow execution of JavaScript at WordPress.com

    Understood. That’s the way it’s been since forever, or at least since 2011.

    The problem I’m reporting is different, and just started happening relatively recently. It’s the text representation of the code listing that’s not rendering correctly. Old posts still show up correctly, but I can’t edit them or the editor mangles them on save.

    I’m pretty sure that this is a bug, not a security feature–in fact, it seems likely that it may actually be a security vulnerability. I’d just like to know that it’s bring looked at.

    I’ll try the latest workarounds described at the page you linked, but I’m a little pessimistic.



    Oh I see. What if you just use the [code] shortcode?



    We’re getting some spam on this post, so I’ll go ahead and close it out. But I do think using the code shortcode will help a bunch. Cheers!

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