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 Jan 26 '12 at 7:55
  • @DanielBeck Fixed! – iglvzx Jan 26 '12 at 7:58
  • -1 Power users use RSS! – kinokijuf Jan 27 '12 at 14:19

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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