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encode/decode HTML entities

Terminal - encode/decode HTML entities
xml2asc < inputfile > outputfile
2011-02-23 12:22:18
User: forcefsck
encode/decode HTML entities

For reverse, there's asc2xml

asc2xml < entitiesfile > utf8file

They come as a part of the html-xml-utils debian package.

PS. Tried to submit sample data, but the site autoconverted the non ascii to html entities. So a bit of imagination is needed.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
perl -MHTML::Entities -ne 'print encode_entities($_)' /tmp/subor.txt
2009-02-06 12:44:24
User: jozef
Functions: perl

Encodes HTML entities from input (file or stdin) so it's possible to directly past the result to a blog or HTML source file.

perl -MHTML::Entities -ne 'print encode_entities($_)' /tmp/subor.txt
2012-10-11 08:31:14
User: brx75x
Functions: perl

Encode HTML entities supporting UTF-8 input and output

perl -C -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_);'
2015-11-13 15:07:54
User: fnl
Functions: perl

The only command-line version of this task I could come up with that properly handles UTF-8 input, too. (Yes, I know how crazy it is to have UTF-8 with HTML entity escapes, but that stuff exists... sadly...; Just check Twitter.)

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Comment by forcefsck 248 weeks and 3 days ago

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