Super-trivial bug with HTML special characters.
posted by fogster to Bugs at 10:46 AM (31 comments total)
I attempted to post an infinity symbol (∞) into this discussion
. It looked correct in the Live Preview section, so I posted it. But the ampersand-hash-8734-semicolon was stripped to just say "8734." Meanwhile, the "approximately equal to" (ampersand-asymp-semicolon) worked.
My problem isn't so much that it didn't work (allowing HTML special characters is just asking for ASCII art and other junk), but that it did
work in the Live Preview but not for real, resulting in my post in which I posited the the size of the universe was "approximately 8734." I suspect this is something that only comes up once in a while, but that's a pain every time it does.
It's definitely low-priority, but can the Live Preview be made to handle these things the same way that the actual system does? It could even give a warning, "HTML special characters are not allowed" or something. It'd just help if it was consistent in its behavior.
Also: previewing the post
here shows the infinity symbol, but previewing a comment (who does that?) shows "8734."