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While testing a chatbot , I noticed that in chat writing

\(, \), \[, or \]

will result in

(, ), [, or ]

respectively, instead of being passed literally.

This behavior doesn't apply to any other character I tried:

\{, \}, \s, \' etc

will all properly result in literal equivalents: \{, \} etc.

Does this happen on purpose, and if so, why?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

It happens on purpose, just like in comments on the main sites, since those characters are special in Markdown.

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The escape-able list for chat (and comments) is limited to just `*_()[], right? – Tim Stone Feb 13 '12 at 21:24
Yes, that's the list. It's a bit longer in real markdown (as you're probably aware), although I'm not really sure about the purpose of all of its contents... – balpha Feb 13 '12 at 21:31

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