I've seen this happen a few times: "code 'with' backticks (replace quotes with backticks!!!)"

I also had to do some digging to find out for myself that the correct way to do this: code `with` backticks

...is this: ``code `with` backticks``

...which I quoted like this: ``` ``code `with` backticks`` ```


People often get by by using 4 spaces:

code `with` backticks

...but of course, this is not possible for mini-Markdown as used in comments, so the comment formatting help should definitely be expanded to explain how to quote backticks inline.


Ps. I also notice that leading, trailing and excess whitespace is ignored, so a single preformatted backtick immediately surrounded by parens can be marked-up like this: (`` ` ``)

...which renders as: (`)

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    I think its related to How to Format sandbox?
    – avirk
    Aug 19, 2012 at 16:04
  • Just a tip. I use quotes when on my iPod as there is no back tick key
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 19, 2012 at 16:05
  • @Cole: Well I don't know about iOS, but I know for Android there are loads of great alternative keyboards available for download. The most popular for this sort of thing is Hacker's Keyboard, but I also find Flit Keyboard to be very capable (and ergonomic). Aug 19, 2012 at 16:11
  • @Cole, are you sure about that?
    – Arjan
    Aug 19, 2012 at 16:12
  • For regular Markdown, I think it's nicely covered by Need More Detail? in the Markdown help you linked to. Also, How do I format my code blocks? has some more detail, also for comments. I guess one can't have all options in the short help.
    – Arjan
    Aug 19, 2012 at 16:16
  • There are a lots of keyboard for android as Hacker's keyboard there is Go keyboard also bundled keyboard of android is capable to type it at least mine is.
    – avirk
    Aug 19, 2012 at 16:30
  • @Arjan: Didn't see that. It's very odd to see what is effectively further reading about 2/3 way down the page. That section should definitely be moved to the end, possibly separated by a spacer in the contents list. Aug 19, 2012 at 16:50
  • @avirk: Yes, my stock Android keyboard also can type a backtick. I was just suggesting that if the iOS stock keyboard was unable to type one (as apparently is the case for old versions), then there may be a better keyboard available to download. Aug 19, 2012 at 16:58


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