I believe that your answer was just fine due to the fact that the author
of the question specifically mentioned that no HTML::X modules should be used. I've seen similar situations/requests on here before.
However, I don't think you should've removed your post. Suck it up. If you think your answer is a good one, then leave it be.
The standard recommendation has always been not to reinvent the wheel. In some situations, those wheels are not available -- TMTOWTDI.
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