I agree that I have taken tinita
's last question in Re: default_escape for Template::Toolkit?
out of the original context.
So what do the TT users do?
I have no idea. Except consider how important such a feature is, and given it's important, switch to a templating system that supports it.
When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do. 
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