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Craigslist HTML limits could doom flashy listings

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The online classified service craigslist is contemplating restrictions on HTML formatting to combat cloaked spam links and embedded false keywords in ads -- a move that could also make it harder to create slick-looking property listings using third-party applications like vFlyer and postlets. The proposal to limit the use of HTML to a few basic tags could limit the ability of all craigslist users to create visually sophisticated ads that format information in ways that are easier to grasp, and has sparked a lively debate on the site. "I love HTML," says one craigslist user posting on a forum created for discussion of the proposal. "I am a professional and I like to launch one or two postlets a week. They really stand out and help me sell my houses." But many craigslist users object to ads that employ sophisticated coding, because they may contain cloaked links that unwittingly take users to commercial sites, or clutter search results with false keywords. ...