This is the result I want to achieve, in HTML form (this site doesn't support inline code formatting?):

The <code>cat</code>s sat on the <code>mat</code>.

I'm using the default formatting format. Here are the things I have tried, and what they result in:

Their results:

Of these, only the zero-width space and soft hyphen techniques works correctly, and these are naturally a Right Pain to Use.

Is there a better way?

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