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Italics markup not working in comments
Problem with markdown and Unicode characters in comments

Mid-word Markdown like *long*word isn't allowed on Stack Exchange. But there seem to be a test to allow things like "*word*" to get "word" (this also works in comments). In questions and answers it is possible to use proper quotation mark characters, like “*word*” (“word”). But this doesn't work in comments and chat.

Could the characters “”‘’ be also added as punctuation characters in comment Markdown?

  • @Rick: Thank you for the link, I didn't find that one. Since this a feature-request rather than a bug report is it still a duplicate?
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 21:50
  • Sorry, I overlooked that distinction. Just related then. Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 22:27
  • Just curious, how exactly do you enter those curly quotes down using a simple US keyboard without memorizing the Alt codes?
    – user138231
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 23:10
  • @Chichiray: Simple: I don't use a standard US keyboard layout. Instead I use the Neo layout (mostly for the math-related keys, but curly quotes are a nice side-benefit).
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 23:20
  • Ah right, a keyboard which is used by only 1% of the SE visitors.
    – user138231
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 23:21
  • @Chi That is more than I would have guessed.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 23:29

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When I asked about a similar question ( Why do bold links syntax in comments work differently than answer text box? ) about the functioning of markdown in comments, @Jeff mentioned the following:

The rules for bold and italic are stricter in comments; this is by design to 
prevent false positives.Remember that comments are a stricter subset of  
markdown, what we call "mini-markdown". See the below link


I don't know if that helps you but just wanted to let you know. Comments mark down don't work exactly like question and answer in certain cases.

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    I know that markdown in comments is restricted. Hence I specifically asked to add the quotes.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 21:51

You could simply cheat the system a little, and format it using multiple code-blocks, and surround the ones which are desired to be formatted with said formatting:

abcdefghijkl [link]mno

Looks like this in the editor: abc`_`def`_`ghi`[`jkl [link]`](http://test.com/)`mno

  • Sorry for not being clear enough: I want to write italic text, not code.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 21:46
  • Ah, then this wouldn't help - didn't entirely understand the question, sorry. Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 22:11

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