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I can't get the formatting to work in comments I have added ...

Here is an example: Advice on most conventional method of parsing data from an input file

What am I doing wrong?

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If you want to add a link to your comment you can do it like this

[link text](http://link.com)
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If you click the "Help" link next to the comment field, then click "Learn more", you'll get taken here with lots of useful formatting tips. –  LittleBobbyTables Mar 6 '13 at 17:36
    
Now it works on the Meta site, will try it on StackOverflow... Learn more –  Philip Mar 6 '13 at 17:39
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@Philip Make sure there are no spaces between ] and (, and that your link starts with an http:// –  Raghav Sood Mar 6 '13 at 17:41
    
here is the link I was trying: Much ADO About Text Files –  Philip Mar 6 '13 at 17:44
    
add http:// to it –  juergen d Mar 6 '13 at 17:45
    
See Raghav's comment –  LittleBobbyTables Mar 6 '13 at 17:45
    
AH I got it, thanks guys ! –  Philip Mar 6 '13 at 17:45
    
it works with multiple words too –  juergen d Mar 6 '13 at 17:46

HTML tags in comments and chat don't work, you have to use markdown.

For a full list of the available markdown see Formatting help.

Common formatting used in comments:

Links:

[link title](link URL)  

Italics:

*Text in asterisks* or _text here_ 

Bold:

**double asterisks** or __double (lines?)__  

For code you use backtics (`).

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