dusk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Fellow monks,

I encountered a strange problem while writing a CGI script for a site I'm developing. Here's the scoop:

print header, start_html (-title => 'Welcome to!', Link ({-rel => 'stylesheet', type => 'text/css', href => + 'style.css'}), base ({-href => ''}), ), body ({-vlink => 'black'})

The preceeding causes the proceeding:

Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML Basic 1.0//EN" ""> <html xmlns="" lang="en-US"><head><title>T +he POSIX Network</title> </head><body <link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" / +>="&lt;base href=&quot; +uot; /&gt;"><body vlink="black" />,

As you can see, it appears as the opening body tag is not being closed, and the tag delimters are converted into their counter-equivalent (whatever that means) [&lt;, &gt;, &quot;]

Any explanation of what is going on will be helpful.