At 07:46 PM 2/24/2003, Hugh Blair wrote: >My lack of Perl is showing. What characters need to be 'escaped' >in the following type of statements? (This Is not complete, just >representitive of the lines in this routine) > >I thought all of these " @ % $ were the only ones, >but something is still failing and I can't find it. >Also, is there any rules when these characters should *not* >be escaped in the type of statements listed above? First off, using ' mean literal. You shouldn't have to escape anything except another '. Using " means you need to escape reserved characters like @,$,%, and of course ". If you are really stringing together print statements like that, I prefer this method: print qq[Content-type: text/html <html> <head><title>Recommend</title></head> <body bgcolor="$BodyColor"> <td width="33%" align="middle"> <td width="100" bgcolor="$TableColor"> <font face="Arial,Helvetica" color="$TableFont">To:</font> </td> <!-- Copyright 1999-2002 --> </body> </html> ]; As long as you don't use  in your text. --- Anthony Baratta President Keyboard Jockeys "Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative."