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When I write a question sometimes I would like to distinguish the error messages from code and also from my description of the problem.

Is there a way for text to appear in a box like code but to not be syntax highlighted?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

This already exists.

You need to prepend error text with >.

just like this

This is documented in the edit help under Simple blockquotes.

Another option is to wrap the whole error in <pre></pre>.

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Indeed, this is actually used to Quote stuff (shortcut for <blockquote> tag wrapping (example)) - as you quote error messages, it fits well. :) – Shadow Wizard Jan 11 '12 at 11:17
but you have to put > per line. this isn't much of a problem though as error messages are usually one line. – user152642 Jan 11 '12 at 11:24
@user152642 - If the lines follow one another, just doing this with the first would be enough (though you will lose formatting). Answer updated with another option. – Oded Jan 11 '12 at 11:25
This breaks as soon as the error message contains things that look like html tags/..., for example template arguments in C++. – sth Jan 11 '12 at 13:54
@sth - True. For those instances, use the normal ` for escaping. – Oded Jan 11 '12 at 13:55

You can use a code block and disable the syntax highlighting with a syntax highlighting hint.

<!-- language: lang-none -->

    error message indented four spaces

Unlike <pre>, this allows characters like <, > and & to be used without escaping.

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