Deformed HTML in PC Magazine

Discussion in 'HTML' started by Leif K-Brooks, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. I was reading an article on CAPTCHAs in the December 30th issue of PC
    Magazine. Ignoring the accessibility problems, it uses some really
    deformed HTML which isn't explained:

    <p<\>>What word is hidden in this image?
    <p<\>><img src="/make_image?12345"<\>>
    <form action="/match_word" method="post"<\>>
    <input type="hidden" name="code" value="12345"<\>>
    <input type="text" name="captcha"<\>>
    <input type="submit" value="submit"<\>>
    </form<\>>

    Does anyone know what's with all of those <\>s? Is the author just
    misinformed, or are they part of some hack not explained in the article?
    Leif K-Brooks, Dec 31, 2003
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  2. Leif K-Brooks

    brucie Guest

    in post <news:fCHIb.554$>
    Leif K-Brooks said:

    > <p<\>>What word is hidden in this image?
    > <p<\>><img src="/make_image?12345"<\>>
    > <form action="/match_word" method="post"<\>>
    > <input type="hidden" name="code" value="12345"<\>>
    > <input type="text" name="captcha"<\>>
    > <input type="submit" value="submit"<\>>
    > </form<\>>
    >
    > Does anyone know what's with all of those <\>s? Is the author just
    > misinformed, or are they part of some hack not explained in the article?


    </> is shorthand markup which is unreliable. <\> is probably the left
    handed persons version. i would guess their content management system
    (human or program) that generates the page has had too much to drink.

    --
    brucie
    01/January/2004 11:08:25 am kilo
    brucie, Jan 1, 2004
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