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When I try to **bo**ld part of the word it turns out weird.

It's rendered as: **bo**ld as you can see the BO is italic.

I rarely use it but lets say I want to emphasis _un_downvote what should I do?

You can see it should work here Bolding with ** isn't working properly the word **x**ml

x**ml n**ib enter image description here

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marked as duplicate by Servy, Hugo Dozois, Lance Roberts, animuson Jul 10 '13 at 18:11

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Nope, it doesn't and that is how it should be. – Martijn Pieters Jul 10 '13 at 16:17
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That's intentional, not a bug. Otherwise writing something such as "this_is_my_file_name.txt" would come out looking really weird.

Proper markdown actually does behave as you're describing, but Jeff decided 1 to divert from those specs in this one case as that pattern was so commonly used on this site; he didn't want users to need to escape such file names whenever they were used.

If you want to bold part of a word then use HTML, not markup (<b>exam</b>ple).

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I edited my question with a working example – raam86 Jul 10 '13 at 16:24
@raam86 And my answer has had a working example from when it was first posted... – Servy Jul 10 '13 at 16:24
I did see and it is amazing but if you look at the link you will notice it's working with XML – raam86 Jul 10 '13 at 16:26
@raam86 Presumably the rendering engine was slightly different 4 years ago and the rendered content is cached. Editing the question (thus forcing it to re-render) results in what I would expect, which seems prove that to be the explanation. – Servy Jul 10 '13 at 16:28
why not enable intra-word highlighting for asterisks but not underscores? – Jan Dvorak Jul 10 '13 at 16:29
@JanDvorak You're more than welcome to propose that as a feature request if you would like (assuming you don't find any duplicates first). – Servy Jul 10 '13 at 16:30
@servy still bold after edit please see post. – raam86 Jul 10 '13 at 16:32
@raam86 I edited the question, not the answer. (I intentionally left the answer so you could see both.) If it bothers you that much I can edit the answer as well. – Servy Jul 10 '13 at 16:33
@servy Am I the only one seeing tehe question as <b>x*</b>ml – raam86 Jul 10 '13 at 16:33
@raam86 I see what you see in your screenshot. What you see in the question is intentional; what you see in the answer is, as I said, no longer how the markup will be rendered, and the only reason it appears that way is because the rendered content has been cached for a long time. You can't use that markup to post intra-word bolding anymore. – Servy Jul 10 '13 at 16:35

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