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I posted an answer that had some bold text struck out and the bold attribute leaked out and affected the "link|edit|delete|flag" links and other stuff below the answer. I'll try it here and see what happens:

Bold Struck Text

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Yes, it made the tags and flair bold, too. – Dennis Williamson Nov 1 '09 at 2:00
Try adding a blank line at the end. – Brad Gilbert Nov 1 '09 at 2:05
Pretty good catch. – Robert Harvey Nov 1 '09 at 5:00
I added some white space at the end of the question above. It still leaks. – Dennis Williamson Nov 1 '09 at 9:33
I actually like the bold status-review :) – perbert Nov 1 '09 at 20:22
@voyager's mask: As I understand it, one of the rules of typography is that you should use a heavier weight when you have light text on a dark background (or some sticklers say avoid reverse-contrast altogether - but I think that refers to runs of text). – Dennis Williamson Nov 2 '09 at 0:31
@Dennis Williamson: I believe that that is the rule of thumb for full paragraphs, but a single bold tag draws more attention to it. If the rest of the tags were to be kept with a normal weight, the status-review tag would be more visible, specially with the different color. – perbert Nov 2 '09 at 0:46
@Dennis Williamson: Just for the record: I don't endorse full paragraphs written with a bold font-face because that is ugly and rude. If you (you being anyone thinking in doing it) do it, I'll come personally and hit you with a big <b> tag. – perbert Nov 2 '09 at 0:47
@voyager's mask: I would hit them with a <blink> tag, but that's just me. – Dennis Williamson Nov 2 '09 at 2:04
@Dennis Williamson: <blink> would be a hit or miss... May be a <markee>? No, that wouldn't work... Mmm... – perbert Nov 2 '09 at 2:15

Good catch! This was a bug in the tag balancer. The updated code is here:

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Your markup:

<s> **Bold Struck Text** </s>

Gets mangled to this:

<strong>Bold Struck Text </s>

You could switch out your shorthand of <s> into the proper <strike> tag:

<strike> **Bold Struck Text** </strike>
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I could, but the site shouldn't allow formatting to leak out of user content into site content. – Dennis Williamson Nov 1 '09 at 9:31
isn't <del> the proper, semantic tag for strikethrough, and <strike> the deprecated one? (like <b> vs <strong> and <i> vs <em>) – Kip Nov 15 '09 at 13:28
@Kip You're right with <del> but <b> and <i> are still in vogue. Like when you mention the title of a movie, you're not necessarily emphasising it as would be if you used <em>. – random Nov 15 '09 at 13:36

Further testing:

bold and struck with s and double asterisks to start things off

struck with s and not

bold with asterisks and not

bold with b and not

italics with one asterisk and not

italics with i and not

struck with strike and not

strong and not

Now some unterminated tags:

struck with s

**bold with asterisks

bold with b

*italics with one asterisk

italics with i

struck with strike


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Only the bold leaks out. – Dennis Williamson Nov 2 '09 at 13:57
Sounds like the title of a maudlin country song. – beska Nov 2 '09 at 14:17

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