There has been a heated debate in p5p around the problem in perlsub I reported. There are 57 messages in two parallel threads so far. The discussion is not over yet, but I have written today a summary.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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