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"""
General functions for HTML manipulation.
"""

# NB: this is a candidate for a bytes/string polymorphic interface

def escape(s, quote=True):
    """
    Replace special characters "&", "<" and ">" to HTML-safe sequences.
    If the optional flag quote is true (the default), the quotation mark
    characters, both double quote (") and single quote (') characters are also
    translated.
    """
    s = s.replace("&", "&amp;") # Must be done first!
    s = s.replace("<", "&lt;")
    s = s.replace(">", "&gt;")
    if quote:
        s = s.replace('"', "&quot;")
        s = s.replace('\'', "&#x27;")
    return s