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There seems to have been a recent change, whereby all text highlighted using the backtick formatting has acquired a colour background. This is fine in a code block but irritating when the format is applied to a keyword or two in regular text like this.

Much of what I post is related to Oracle, which is old-fashioned enough to use underscores rather than CamelCase. Unfortunately this clashes with the formatting for italicisation. So I need to use backticks if I want to refer to (say) DBA_TABLESPACES, otherwise it comes out like this: DBA_TABLESPACES (provided there is a subsequent matching underscore _ ).

The advice to use <PRE> instead doesn't help in this scenario, as the underscore formatting takes precedence.

Edit

Thanks to whoever edited my question and "fixed" the formatting, but I deliberately wrote it that way to show what happens when a post has two _ in it.

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On the edit, check the history: the DBA_TABLESPACES will never turn up in italics because it's intra-word. However, preview screws it (bug, see my comment below). The one who edited, only changed your title. –  Abel Nov 18 '09 at 13:47
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If you want to make use of the underscore (_) but don't want the whole post to go italicrazy on you when there is another in the mix, escape them with a backslash (\).

So in your case, it would be like this:

DBA\_TABLESPACES
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I knew there had to be a simple answer. Thanks. –  APC Oct 1 '09 at 15:02
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According to this post: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/26165/… inner word italication should be off. In other words: the backslash is not needed. The italics only shows in preview, not after submit. –  Abel Nov 18 '09 at 13:43
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