[erlang-questions] beginner: Generating HTML with ">" from Erlang

Bengt Kleberg <>
Thu Feb 13 15:43:46 CET 2014

The use-case is not supposed to include XML.

My Erlang server creates a log file. A python script generates HTML from
the log file. I now consider generating the HTML directly from Erlang
since I have to call upon another person to fix the python script every
time the log file format changes. Only the log file format changes, the
neccessary contents are still present in the Erlang server.

My previous method of HTML generation has been to use xmerl. If I do
that now then the Javascript part of the HTML will not run.


On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 15:31 +0100, Richard Carlsson wrote:
> On 2014-02-13 15:12 , Bengt Kleberg wrote:
> > My problem is that Javascript in the HTML file look like this (when
> > created by xmerl):
> >
> > if (i > 0) {
> >
> > and that does not run.
> Out of curiosity, if it had been < instead, which of the following would 
> work?
>    if (i < 0) {
>    if (i < 0) {
> If it is the first case, there is presumably a very specific rule for 
> this, which doesn't do full handling of XML escape sequences on the 
> source code level (since > didn't work). Which seems moronic, but 
> wouldn't surprise me...
> If it's the second case, how is the script text really supposed to be 
> handled by XML tools? As CDATA (then, how is it delimited?) or as normal 
> XML text (and then how can the < be accepted by the parser, and why 
> wasn't > converted to > before the Javascript parser got hold of the 
> text)?
>      /Richard
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