Want to display code on an HTML Table cell and have it formatted using html tags. However, the data shows as a continuous blob of characters

Hello - I am trying to render python code on an html table cell. The data is html tag formatted but I can’t figure out how to display it properly. Any help would be mist appreciated - Umberto

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October 11, 2023
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it sounds like you might be dealing with HTML entity encoding or simple text rendering without respecting the HTML format.

Here’s what you can do to display the code correctly:

  1. Preserve Formatting with <pre> and <code> Tags: Use the <pre> (preformatted text) and <code> tags to preserve both whitespace and the formatting of the code.
        <td><pre><code>&lt;div&gt;Hello World!&lt;/div&gt;</code></pre></td>
  1. Escape HTML Characters: To show the code as-is, you need to convert special characters to their HTML entity equivalents. For example:

    • < becomes &lt;
    • > becomes &gt;
    • & becomes &amp; This prevents the browser from interpreting them as actual HTML tags.

If the above doesn’t help, can you share a bit more on how you are aproaching the problem, what do you want the end result to be and stuff like that so that I can further try to assist?

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