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I know that I can format code inline in both questions, and comments on SO. But this formatting with backticks, does not seem to work in chat.

Is there a reason for this? Also, is there a way to format code in chatting ?

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Note that chat MarkDown only works for single line messages. If you insert a linebreak, all markdown is rendered literally. – Manishearth Jul 16 '12 at 2:58
    
@ManishEarth I find that it's a little erratic, sometimes it works, generally it doesn't. But more to the point, in a forum designed for discussing code, it's annoying that you can't accurately render code in the chat areas! – Robert Ryan Oct 13 '12 at 20:47
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@robert markdown may not work, but you can always codeformat multiline messeges by clickibg the fixedwidth button. And backticks work normally in singleline messages. Btw, by multiline, I mean a message with an explicit line break, not a mesage that has wrapped. – Manishearth Oct 14 '12 at 4:17
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I've found these tools to be incredibly helpful in formatting my chat messages.

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