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When I bold text inline like
*strong*text
it gets parsed as italics instead of either bold or nothing.

I created the above with the following line:

**strong**text  

As I understand it, inline Markdown is disabled here, so this text should really be ignored.

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Encountered this today, was a fair bit frustrating! While there is a workaround in the answers below, it's rather annoying. –  corsiKa Oct 17 '11 at 0:00
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This is a feature request now: Add the ability to add emphasis to part of a word in Markdown. –  Arjan Dec 23 '11 at 15:50
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This is especially annoying in Japanese (and other languages that don't use spaces). –  Tobias May 5 '13 at 18:54

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

This is point 2. in my answer here and will work correctly after the next build.

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The only problem I've seen with text being bold & italics is in comments. There doesn't seem to be a problem otherwise.

With the word 'text' above, I used 3 asterisks (*) surrounding the word.

Here, I have used the font menu options above the editor.

Am I missing something?

EDIT:
I see what you're saying. *strong*text will not bold 'strong'. Three asterisks on either side will bold, but then you are left with hanging (*) on either side. The parser does appear to have an inner Twilight Zone when it comes to this markdown.

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I used the "B" button to generate the bold markup. In either case something is wrong - either the button or the parser. –  Good Person May 27 '10 at 11:58
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The problem isn't text being bold and italics, it's text trying to be bold inline, but ending up italic. Basically, emphasizing a single part of a word. In the question, for example, the goal would be "strongtext", with "strong" being bold. Instead we get "strongtext" with strong being italic. –  Grace Note May 27 '10 at 12:16
    
oh...ok, I see what you're saying. –  IAbstract May 27 '10 at 15:50
    
If you put a space after what your trying to bold then you will be fine –  Gage Jul 26 '10 at 17:25
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This would be useful when explaining acronyms, such as <b>H</b>yper<b>t</b>ext <b>T</b>ransfer <b>P</b>rotocol. –  Mechanical snail Aug 18 '11 at 20:01
    
@Mech — Your point is good, although HTTP is not an acronym ;-) –  Nicolas Barbulesco Jan 3 at 9:54

For questions and answers (but not comments) there is a workaround with <b> and <i> tags:

<b>strong</b>t<i>ext</i>

Produces:

strongtext

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This workaround is not equivalent. The equivalent workaround would be <strong>strong</strong>t<em>ext</em>. They do not work in comments — which is a shame. –  Nicolas Barbulesco Jan 3 at 9:47

This would be useful when explaining acronyms, such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

(Adding as answer since the workaround doesn't work in comments)

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HTTP is not an acronym ;-) but your point is good. –  Nicolas Barbulesco Jan 3 at 9:48
    
@NicolasBarbulesco: Of course HTTP is an acronym, don't be daft! –  Noldorin Nov 22 at 15:59

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