Does anyone know of a way to stop EE from injecting spans (with inline styles) into code blocks in comments? I'm fine with the div wrapping the code (that's not that big of a deal), but the spans are completely unnecessary.

Example output from EE:

<div class="codeblock">
        <span style="color: #000000">
            <span style="color: #0000BB">This is code</span>

Edit to update: I've worked around this problem by using the following CSS to override the inline styles, so really this is just a matter of "I don't want junk in my markup" over broken functionality. (Also, a matter of pride, because !important is !embarassing.)

.codeblock code, .codeblock span {
    color: #ddd !important;
  • What editor are you using? Wygwam? EE Rich text? Aug 14, 2014 at 18:04
  • It's a jQuery plugin that gives a WYSIWYG editor for BBCode (since we're talking comments, here). I can confirm that the editor isn't the issue, as the comment stored in the database is strictly [code]This is code[/code]. Thanks for asking, though, as I was coming back here to add this bit of detail. :) Aug 14, 2014 at 18:17
  • I'm pretty sure that EE doesn't do this. If it's in a code block then could it be some kind of syntax highlighting add-on or even a browser plugin? Do you have a URL we can see?
    – foamcow
    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:18
  • Nope, I can confirm that it is in the source code, not a DOM injection (browser plugin). Tested in multiple browsers on my machine, still happened. Also tested it in a BrowserStack instance (IE6, just for kicks) and it still occurred. We have no highlighting add-ons installed. I even removed the one plugin that was wrapping the {comment} (the EE no_follow plugin), and it still happened. Project isn't production-ready, so no shareable URL unfortunately. I'm confident this is a legit bug, so I'm going to file a ticket. I'll follow up here with anything that happens from it. Aug 15, 2014 at 16:03

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Per this EE bug report: "...code tags are being parsed...[a]nd we add our own styling when that’s done."

So this is expected behavior, but overrideable with CSS:

.codeblock code, .codeblock span {
    color: [YOUR COLOR HERE] !important;

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