Why can't we have simple HTML in comments; or at least newlines and tabs? I think it would be good if we had such functionality.

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Comments do support simple formatting: italic, bold and monospace font. There's also automatic conversion of URLs to links: google.com –  Blixt Aug 6 '09 at 10:58
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Duplicate meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/4481/… –  Ian Elliott Aug 6 '09 at 11:03
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IMHO, the basic formatting that's already available — *italic*, **bold** and monospace (using ` on either side) — is quite sufficient for comments.

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I miss [this link syntax][1]. It keeps the comment "source code" nice and tidy. –  exhuma Aug 31 '09 at 20:59
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probably because comments are designed to be kept small and to the point. as SO isn't a forum, if you need to write a detailed response, it probably is an answer?

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Click the help link under [add comment] to see a summary of the available formatting options. HTML is explicitly not supported, just a subset of markdown we call "Mini-Markdown".

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