Ugh. I like this in concept but I think the HTML for it is poor
Agreed. And I like your proposed change. Off the top of my head the only reason I can think of to leave it as it is would be legacy support. A lot of people have styling for code based around the existing tags. Changing it would break that. OTOH, long term I think it would be for the better.
BTW, you are a member of pmdev, if you felt like putting together a patch, the code involved is wrapcode.
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