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How does one write...

@name and @other

...in the comment feed, where the @ characters are meant as literals, not as markdown?

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I can't event enter this comment (without the space after the ampersand): @ name and @ other -- This results in an error. –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:29
    
Testing Aaron's answer: @name and @other –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:30
    
Backtick works! Thanks Aaron! But why do the two ampersands render differently? The font for @name is a lot different to the font for @other ? –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:32
    
That didn't happen in my example below. I suspect you only correctly back-ticked one of them. You can enter up to one @word without using markdown. However a user named @other might get notified. :-) –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 2:33
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Oh - may be the backtick goes BOTH before and after. Testing: @name and @other . –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:33
    
If you just surround the @ it injects some white space. If you want to surround the entire @name so that it is one word (and it will be in a different font), do it like I showed in my answer. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 2:34
    
Can you post exaclty what I should type in a code-sectioned answer box please? –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:34
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I thought I did that? Which part have I not demonstrated? I typed the text you should enter in a code block, and even copied and pasted that into a comment on my answer to demonstrate. Could you try copying the text in the code block in my answer and pasting it into a comment? Otherwise I am not sure where the disconnect is... –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 2:35
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You would have to use code with a backtick:

Write your comment with `@name` and `@other` like this

I don't know of a way to enter more than one word beginning with @name without using markdown and without generating an error about notifying multiple people.

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Demonstration: Write your comment with @name and @other like this –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 2:31
    
Testing: @name and @answer. –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:36
    
Test passed! ..... –  Sean B. Durkin Sep 13 '12 at 2:36
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