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Today I noticed that when you click on a tag, it displays the "tag wiki" information at the top of the page. However, it appears that Markdown processor wasn't applied to it.

The bug appears in [linux] SO tag and even in [bug] meta tag.

(And I suppose if it was applied, it wouldn't solve the problem with links of style [xxx][1], since the [1]: xxx.com part would have been trimmed away).

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excerpts are looking good now, but if you uncomfortable with status-completed I'd can flick this to status-declined –  waffles Aug 25 '10 at 11:50
    
@waffles, thanks, the fix looks much better. Further improvement falls under [feature-request] and requires a separate proposal. –  Pavel Shved Aug 25 '10 at 13:46

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I added some better html stripping algorithms that make linux look good, and Haskell look good.

The stripping of markdown is by-design. I did not want to allow too much noise there cause its prime screen real estate.

For example, if we allowed markdown we would allow:

t
h
i
s

b
a
d

e
x
c
e
r
p
t

And...

t h i s b a d excerpt

Instead we attempt to strip all formatting for the excerpt.

An additional issue is that we use the excerpt for the tag hover, we really do not want to allow any formatting there it would distract users (even more)

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Well, the markdown markup itself is more noisy. :) –  kennytm Aug 25 '10 at 9:07
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Noise? Do you really treat line breaks as unnecessary noise? –  Pavel Shved Aug 25 '10 at 9:09
    
Maybe that should be "inappropriate formatting for a more restricted vertical space" rather than "noise". –  MarkJ Aug 26 '10 at 15:24
    
I think we can limit to use some simple (and most important) markups such as bold, italic and linking. Without them I feel irritated. –  Ooker Feb 13 at 18:17

For further illustration, here is the VB6 tag page.

VB6 tag page

I have added hand-drawn circles - it's just good manners.

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Can't we have the wiki back to excerpt, it's silly not to be able to use markup in a wiki tag, why we call it a wiki anyway? It there is no way of convincing you, at least rename it to "plain text excerpt". –  sorin Jun 11 '11 at 10:15
    
the image is dead. –  Ooker Feb 13 at 9:03
    
Grr! ImageShack deleted my image! I'll see whether I still have it lying around on one of my PCs... If not I guess I'll have to delete this answer. Thanks @Ooker for pointing out the problem. –  MarkJ Feb 13 at 12:10
    
I'm afraid that after 5 years, the only option is deleting the answer... –  Ooker Feb 13 at 12:16
    
5 years ago when I posted the answer, I hosted the image on a third party image hosting site ImageShack (which was at that time recommended by StackOverflow since SO didn't have image hosting at that time). The image was visible. That's why the answer has upvotes. The image became dead sometime in the intervening years because the third party image host dropped the image. My first option is to find the image again and update the answer. Thanks for pointing out the problem. –  MarkJ Feb 13 at 13:39

For illustration this is the haskell tag page Screen shot of haskell tag page

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That "lambda" was really lucky to survive! –  Pavel Shved Aug 25 '10 at 8:14
    
yeah that image should not be there ... –  waffles Aug 25 '10 at 11:11

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