I ran into a situation last week where a comment in my Rails .html.erb file was being output as an HTML comment. Like almost all of my code comments, I wanted to keep it in the codebase but not visible to snooping devs.
As most Rails developers will probably know, a comment written like this
<%# comment %> won’t render in the HTML output. However, a comment like this
<% # comment %> will render. The latter, with a space before the #, gets converted to an HTML comment that looks like this
<!-- comment -->.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of that pesky HTML comment — or add one — check your whitespace.