in reply to Perl CGI, font color in a table

Question #1 is, why are you doing an 'escapeHTML' on a plain-text string? Unless you're defanging arbitrary input, it's not very useful - and getting rid of it would make your life much easier.

Having said that, there is a (less-than-pretty) solution: </p?

print td("font color='red'>".escapeHTML("required")."</font>");
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