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Parser removing valid HTML from the output of extension

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I am trying to format the html that this extension below is writing. But for some weird reason, the parser keeps removing the closing

tag even though the html does not have any bugs.

Is there a way to tell the parser to stop trying to sanitize the html output? It is rendering the html invalid. To me this looks like a bug.

MediaWiki 1.16.0 PHP 5.2.14 (cgi) MySQL 5.1.48

Here is the code: the closing

after the

at the end of the while statement is getting chopped off.

 * Installation:
 *      require_once("extensions/PHPBB_ShowForum/PHPBB_ShowForum.php"); in LocalSettings.php
 *      update  $phpbbDBSERVER,  $phpbbDBUSER,  $phpbbDBUSERPW,  $phpbbDBNAME, $phpbb_home, $phpbb_icon_path
 * Usage:
 *      <phpbb_forum>forumID|Number of post|Background Color</phpbb_forum>
 * @version 0.2 marcolino7
 * 0.2 - Added Path for the Icon
 *               Disabled Caching
 * 0.1 - Initial Release
if( !defined( 'MEDIAWIKI' ) ) {
        echo( "This is an extension to the MediaWiki package and cannot be run standalone.\n" );
        die( -1 );
// Extension credits that will show up on Special:Version
$wgExtensionCredits['parserhook']['PHPBB_ShowForum'] = array(
        'name'         => 'PHPBB Show Forum',
        'version'      => '0.2',
        'author'       => 'marcolino7, []',
        'description'  => 'Link to Show PHPBB Forum in MediaWiki',
        'url'          => ''
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = "wfPHPBBExtension";
function wfPHPBBExtension() {
        global $wgParser;
        $wgParser->setHook( "phpbb_forum", "showForum" );
function showForum( $input, $argv, &$parser) {
   $phpbb_home = "<your forum home>";
   $phpbb_icon_path = "templates/subSilver/images/folder.gif";
    # --------------------------------------------
        //Disabling Cache
        //Split input in 2 Parameters
        list($forumID, $topicID, $postLimit) = split('[|.-]', $input);
    $link = mysql_connect($phpbbDBSERVER,$phpbbDBUSER ,$phpbbDBUSERPW);
    if ( !$link ) { return "<hr><b>Error while connecting to host \"$phpbbDBSERVER\" !</b><hr>"; }
    $db_selected = mysql_select_db($phpbbDBNAME, $link);
    if (!$db_selected) {return "<hr><b>Error while selecting database \"$phpbbDBNAME\" !</b><hr>"; }
        $sql = "SELECT p.post_subject, p.post_text, p.topic_id, p.post_id, p.post_time, p.forum_id,
                p.post_username, u.username as user, u.user_id as id, u.user_avatar as avatar, u.user_avatar_width as width, u.user_avatar_height as height
                ". $phpbbDBPrefix  ."posts AS p,
                ". $phpbbDBPrefix ."users AS u
                        WHERE p.topic_id in ( $topicID )
                        AND p.poster_id = u.user_id
                        AND p.forum_id in ( $forumID )
                        ORDER BY p.post_id DESC 
                        LIMIT 0, $postLimit"; 
    $qryres = mysql_query($sql);
    if (!$qryres) { return "<hr><b>Error while MySQL Query :". mysql_error() ;}
        $out = "<div id=\"comments\"><h3>Comments</h3><ol class=\"commentlist\">";
        $row_count = 0;
        //Cycle inside recordset and populate page
                while ($row = mysql_fetch_row($qryres))
                        $out = $out . "<li class=\"comment byuser comment-author even thread-even depth-1\" id=\"li-comment\">
<div id=\"comment\"><div class=\"comment-author vcard\">
<img alt='' src=\"".$phpbb_home."download/file.php?".$row[9]."\" class=\"avatar avatar-40 photo\" height=\"".$row[11]."\" width=\"".$row[10]."\" />
<cite class=\"fn\"><a href= \"".$phpbb_home."profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=".$row[8]."\">".$row[7]."</a></cite> <span class=\"says\">says:</span></div>
<div class=\"comment-meta commentmetadata\"><a href=\"".$phpbb_home."viewtopic.php?f=$forumID&t=".$row[2]."#".$row[3]."\">".$row[0]."</a>
".date("D, d M Y H:i",$row[4])."</div>
<div class=\"comment-body\">".$row[1]."</div></li>
                }  //End While
                $out = $out . "</ol><br>Post a Comment</div>";
        return $out;
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