This by no means represents the official reason, it's simply
my own thoughts on the reason behind the <code> tag.
It looks as if the tag is handled in a special way (just as
the square bracket links are). The fact that you can select
how code is displayed in user settings seems to indicate this.
Currently it looks as if the <code> tag is treated as
a <pre> tag.
One advantage of having the tag interpreted is that it's
easy to change what it does either globally or by user.
I imagine the term 'code' was chosen because the content
is, in fact, code, so it ought to be easy to remember.
Unfortunately it appears to be confusing as well. Using
<pre> would also be confusing, because there's no
guarantee <code> always is or will be directly
converted to <pre> (<code> seems to be
replaced with <pre><it> for me; if I turn
off 'large code font' in my user settings, it replaces
it with <pre><it><font size=-1>).
Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
Please read these before you post! —
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
- a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
| & || & |
| < || < |
| > || > |
| [ || [ |
| ] || ] ||