I'm guessing a bit here, but when you say "The application executes in the WWW environment"
, I'm guessing that you are trying to modify an HTML page? Show us a segment of the HTML page and your code to decode and encode text -> HTML. Your regex will work fine on regular text, but I suspect that is not what you actually have.
In recent memory, I did a quickie kludge to handle the ampersand character in one "get it done right now" LWP application, $clubName =~ s/&/&/g; & is what HTML needs to display the ASCII & character. I suspect something similar is going on. We need more info...
Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
<code> <a> <b> <big>
<blockquote> <br /> <dd>
<dl> <dt> <em> <font>
<h1> <h2> <h3> <h4>
<h5> <h6> <hr /> <i>
<li> <nbsp> <ol> <p>
<small> <strike> <strong>
<sub> <sup> <table>
<td> <th> <tr> <tt>
Snippets of code should be wrapped in
<code> tags not
<pre> tags. In fact, <pre>
tags should generally be avoided. If they must
be used, extreme care should be
taken to ensure that their contents do not
have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent
horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor
Want more info? How to link or
or How to display code and escape characters
are good places to start.