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The official Snort documentation, section 3.5 “Payload Detection Rule Options” ]

Dear whoever wrote the documentation,

You can embed literal “<” and “>” characters in HTML by using “&lt;” and “&gt;” HTML character entities.  For more entities like this, please see Character entity references in HTML 4 ], chapter 24 of HTML 4.01 Specification, W3C Recommendation 24 December 1999.

Seriously, that will save you a lot of time and effort as you won't have to open your favorite paint program just to create a GIF with a single letter in it.

Yours truly,
Eugene

P.S.  HTML entities used in this journal entry, and a couple of useful others (note that these are case-sensitive):

&lt;
&gt;

The less-than/greater-than signs (“<”/“>”).

&amp;

The ampersand sign (“&”)

&nbsp;

A space character, exempt from word wrapping and line breaking.

This is handy in emotes like “t(-_ -t)”.

It is also used to introduce a double-space at the end of a sentence; instead of two consecutive spaces, which will be condensed into one in HTML, use “&nbsp; ”, that is, replace the first space with &nbsp;.

“nbsp” stands for non-breaking space.

&quot;

The neutral double quote (“"”)

&lsquo;
&rsquo;

The opening/closing single quotes.

&ldquo;
&rdquo;

The opening/closing double quotes.

&middot;

The middle dot (“·”).

&hellip;

The horizontal ellipsis (“…”, a.k.a. “dot dot dot”).

&mdash;

The em dash (“—&rdquo).

Use this, instead of a double minus (“--”), in pairs in order to introduce a parenthetic—like this—text.

Note: There is a separate, different typographic sign, called horizontal bar or quotation dash (“―”), which looks just like an em dash but is used instead to lead a line that introduces, for example, the source of a quote like:

Ev'lyone's a rittle bit lacist!

Christmas Eve, from Avenue Q

Unfortunately there's no SGML character entity name defined for the horizontal bar, so we have to use its Unicode code position number instead: “&#8213;”.

&euro;
&cent;
&pound;
&yen;

The euro/cent/pound/yen signs (“€”/“¢”/“£”/“¥”).

&copy;
&trade;
&reg;

The copyright/trademark/registered trademark signs (“©”/“™”/“®”).

&larr;
&darr;
&uarr;
&rarr;

Teh dee dee are (“←”/“↓”/“↑”/“→”).

&lArr;
&dArr;
&uArr;
&rArr;

Teh dee dee are, OMG doubles (“⇐”/“⇓”/“⇑”/“⇒”).

&harr;
&hArr;

The single/double left-right arrows (“↔”/“⇔”).

&spades;
&hearts;
&diams;
&clubs;

The four card suit symbols (“♠”/“♥”/“♦”/“♣”).

Comments

People make GIFs of < and >?
Oh geez, didn't read the link. Boy oh boy.
Dear Blue^,

You oopsed;
&copy;, ™ and &reg;
the copyright/trademark/registered trademark sign (“©”/“™”/“®”)

Sincerely,
Jason

Greetings,

Fixed.

Thanks,
Eugene

:D .o/

For great justice.

\O.

\O.O/

Two people...once face...hi i'm ahmed :3

Looks more like a yay-ing person with big eyes...  XD