how do I show html code on an html page?

I want to show the actual html for a link.. I thought <code> or <pre> tags would work but they don't. Looking at the source from pages that display code, it seems they replace all the carets with "&lt;" and "&gt;". is that the only way to do it?
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<code> is to display text in a mono-spaced font, but allow for long lines to wrap.  <pre> is to display code exactly as it's found between the opening and closing tags.  The only exception to that statement is that you must convert the angle brackets to their HTML named character entities.

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bitt3nAuthor Commented:
OK.. my understanding is that I need to go through my code and selectively change the relevant brackets as I had feared. at least I know what the tags do now. thanks!
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