Why perl program output this ?

Hi,

I've written below perl program for testing in my web site hosted in one ISP.

Source code below:

#!/usr/bin/perl

$a = "Hello!";
print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
print "<html>\n<head>\n";
print "</head>\n<body>\n";

$e = "<xxxx>";
$e =~ s/<//;
print "variable e = $e<br>";
$e =~ s/>//;
print "variable e = $e<br>";

$f = "<xxxx>";
$f =~ s/>//;
print "variable f = $f<br>";
$f =~ s/<//;
print "variable f = $f<br>";

print "</body>\n</html>";

Output of the program at browser is as follow:

variable e = xxxx>
variable e = xxxx
variable f = variable f = xxxx

Why will 2 distnct print statements for $f will result in only one output line ? Why the second print statement seems overwriting the first ? Is there any meaning to character '<' if it appears alone in a " " quoted string i.e. "<xxxx" ?

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rj2Commented:
Replace lines "$f =~ s/>//" and "$f =~ s/<//" with line below.
$f =~ s/[<>]//g;

This happen because when there is a starting < browser interpret that as a start tag, and when the <br> comes it is ignored because there can't be any nested tags.
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jhurstCommented:
&lt; is the correct way of outputting a < to an html screen!
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