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Small bold parser error
Why do bold links syntax in comments work differently than answer text box?

As you have said  *...**it works fine**. I want to **improve** it so it could also deal with sub-entities.* this belongs in

In a comment (see below) this doesn't work. The first bold markup and the overall italics seems to be ignored. Inserting a space before the first ** works.

Why does the renderer do this?
Is there some rule i'm not following?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Lance Roberts, Jon Seigel, Shog9 Aug 5 '11 at 5:09

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As you have said ...**it works fine*. I want to improve it so it could also deal with sub-entities.* this belongs in – George Duckett Aug 4 '11 at 8:31
As you have said ... it works fine. I want to improve it so it could also deal with sub-entities. this belongs in – George Duckett Aug 4 '11 at 8:31
First comment without space, second comment with. – George Duckett Aug 4 '11 at 8:31
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On a similar question about the functioning of markdown in comments, Jeff mentioned the following:

The rules for bold and italic are stricter in comments; this is by design to prevent false positives.

Remember that comments are a stricter subset of markdown, what we call "mini-markdown". See

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I've read the help on comment formatting, i couldn't find anywhere where it mentions having to leave a space before nested bold markup. – George Duckett Aug 4 '11 at 11:26
@George: Does this link help? – user162697 Aug 4 '11 at 11:33
Yeah, that looks like pretty much the same issue as mine, although i'm not totally happy with the answer. Thanks. – George Duckett Aug 4 '11 at 11:35

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