Less-than and greater-than characters are not being handled properly in Stack Exchange inbox email notifications.

This is troublesome when a post title contains HTML tags, as they will be sent as HTML in the email notifications. For example, the question Is Superuser's <code> CSS light-blue highlight near invisible on anyone else's laptop LCD? has <code> in the title.

The less-than and greater-than characters should be converted to the proper HTML entities &lt; and &gt;. Instead, they are sent as raw code.


Note: The characters display properly on the StackExchange sites.


Just as I thought!...


  • Nothing to discuss about it. It's broken.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 26, 2012 at 7:55
  • @DanielBeck Fixed!
    – iglvzx
    Jan 26, 2012 at 7:58
  • -1 Power users use RSS!
    – kinokijuf
    Jan 27, 2012 at 14:19

1 Answer 1


The next build will fix* this, we weren't encoding items titles properly for the email (and only the email it looks like).

*Should be within the hour.

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