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WMD unable to render markup inside words

Is it possible to have an italic character next to some non-italic text so that there's no spaces in between?

For example, I want an italic a but normal numbers:


If I make the a italic and then write the numbers immediately after I get this:


It works with a space in between, but that's not what I want:

a 1556

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marked as duplicate by balpha May 21 '12 at 8:33

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I read this title and thought to myself, "cats and dogs, living together!" – Andrew Barber May 21 '12 at 7:51
^__ I read that and thought to myself... "w00t??" ;) – Lix May 21 '12 at 7:52

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You can use regular html tags for italics here. Either of these:




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I accepted this answer as it's easier to remember than the zero width Unicode character. – Hugo May 21 '12 at 13:19

I've come across this a few times and the solution is relatively simple...

I use a zero width Unicode character between the last asterisk and the next character -


This will also work for B​O​L​D characters...

Here is the zero width character (between the brackets).


For ease of use, I made myself a little JavaScript bookmarklet that "displays" an alert with the character inside -

javascript: alert("%E2%80%8B");

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So, the cats and dogs aren't actually living together, but they just look like it? ;-) – Andrew Barber May 21 '12 at 7:56
Unicode animals are not very sociable, but they have to keep up appearances for the other domesticated house pets... So yes... Your assumption is correct. – Lix May 21 '12 at 7:58
"He tossed his auburn mane majestically, and resumed warily eyeing his canine counterpart from across the zero-width Unicode character which separated pack from pride..." I'll stick to my day job, methinks! Hehe – Andrew Barber May 21 '12 at 8:06
'Tis a more helpful/elegant answer than those already posted to the duplicate question. Might I motivate you to post it there? – Cody Gray May 21 '12 at 9:08
@the - sure, I don't see why not. :P How would you suggest going about it? I don't want to brutally copy-paste across posts... Should I delete this answer and post it there? Thin this answer out and post the full version there? – Lix May 21 '12 at 9:50
I'd copy and paste... Does that make me brutal? – Cody Gray May 21 '12 at 9:52
Well its the definition of a duplicate post :P This post is already closed so it might not be too bad... Here I go! Thanks for the compliment BTW! – Lix May 21 '12 at 9:53

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