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Obviously, this is not a big deal, but typing <kbd>F</kbd><kbd>o</kbd><kbd>o</kbd> to get Foo is a little tedious, and those who need to use it could save a few keystrokes with [kbd:F][kbd:o][kbd:o] if it is supported. This is similar to the [tag:tag] syntax for .

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Why not [kbd:Foo]? If you want a key to consist of several character, maybe they can be enclosed in quotes: [kbd:'ctrl']. Just throwing ideas around... – Felix Jan 14 '13 at 12:24
@Felix - That's depend on us. We can write both (<kbd>F</kbd><kbd>o</kbd><kbd>o</kbd> and <kbd>Foo</kbd>) at present. – hims056 Jan 14 '13 at 12:25
I just noticed that my suggestion is not really that useful :D I think use cases where someone needs continues key formatting is quite rare. Often you'd put +s between them to indicate keyboard shortcuts. – Felix Jan 14 '13 at 12:27
@Felix Well that sounds like a good idea. I mean, putting the key sequence in quotes, when you need it as a single key. Maybe you should post that as an answer. – Masked Man Jan 14 '13 at 12:28

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You can always use this script to make kbd-ifying easier.

This really isn't that necessary. Besides being another change to the already abused MarkDown, it isn't as intuitive to newbies. Also, it takes about the same amount of time for me to type, so there's not much gain in this , imho:/

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How does it take the same amount of time to type? You can skip the closing tag </kbd>, that's 5 keystrokes in exchange for an extra colon (:), so overall saves 4 keystrokes. – Masked Man Jan 14 '13 at 12:25
@Deidara-senpai: about the same. Maybe a second's worth of difference. – Manishearth Jan 14 '13 at 12:26
I wish they could somehow magically give us auto tag closing, that would make this less painful. – Asad Saeeduddin Jan 14 '13 at 12:30

I don't like that it introduces new syntax completely different than the other syntax in markdown, while being nearly as tedious to type...

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It isn't new. It is similar to [tag:] syntax. – hims056 Jan 14 '13 at 12:12
Right, it is similar to [tag:], and that's indeed where I got the idea from. – Masked Man Jan 14 '13 at 12:15
But [tag:] is kind-of a link, which matches the []-indicates-a-link idea found in ... well, links. <kbd> is not a kind of a link at all. – Joachim Sauer Jan 14 '13 at 12:37

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