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Sometimes the less than and greater than keys are important, especially in gaming. Unfortunately markdown doesn't seem to agree. It renders the code <kbd><</kbd> as just <. When it's formatting properly it renders like so: a. See "Building a stairwell down multiple levels" for a real example.

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Does it act like it's going to work in the preview area? I don't have access to gaming yet, but it seems to be working on webapps. The only site I can't get it to work is here on meta, where it was disabled. – Bill the Lizard Jul 10 '10 at 1:38
It looks like it works on Pro Webmasters also, so I would think it would work on Gaming also. – mmyers Jul 10 '10 at 1:46
@Bill It works for most characters, just not the < and >. Preview shows the same. Sorry you're not in gaming. – C. Ross Jul 10 '10 at 1:53
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You have to use the HTML encoded version, since that's the beginning and ending of a HTML tag, and we support (whitelisted) HTML in posts per

Like so:


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That doesn't work either, at least on my gaming post. It still shows up as a < without the key formatting. – C. Ross Jul 10 '10 at 11:01
@c.ross you had spelling errors in your tags. It is correct and it does work. – Jeff Atwood Jul 10 '10 at 14:30

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