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Though it's consistent between the preview and the rendered version in the post the <blockquote> HTML tag is inconsistent with the Markdown shorthand > prefix.

Here's a sample:

<blockquote>

 - item 1
 - item 2

</blockquote>

incorrectly produces:

- item 1 - item 2

Whereas:

> - item 1
> - item 2

correctly produces:

  • item 1
  • item 2
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This has been reported several times before, and each time it gets slapped with a [status-I-don't-think-it's-important-enough-to-fix] tag. –  Ether Jun 24 '10 at 21:12
    
@Ether, these are blockquotes, not code blocks. worth fixing or not it's still a bug that didn't appear when I searched for it, hence the new post. –  Mark Elliot Jun 24 '10 at 21:17
    
@ether are you sure those are related? I don't think they are. (in fact I am sure of it, so I am removing the "related" entries) –  Jeff Atwood Jun 24 '10 at 21:19

2 Answers 2

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Kenny is right -- the Markdown spec says...

Note that Markdown formatting syntax is not processed within block-level HTML tags. E.g., you can’t use Markdown-style *emphasis* inside an HTML block.

And <blockquote> is, as its name implies, a block element...

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It seems that --- All **markdowns** are *disabled* within a `<blockquote>`
*Almost* like

 - how a `<pre>` tag works.

and that *also* include

`other paragraph-level tags.`

  1. * such as * <hN>, <ol>, and <p> tags
  2. I don't know if it's a bug or [status-bydesign](http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/status-bydesign).
  3. Since you're supposed to use HTML in HTML tags??
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