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When typing a question/answer on the site, we get this nice bar above the input box:

edit bar

It helps do quick things like format code and whatnot. As it stands, there's nothing like that on the iOS app. For some things, it's not a huge deal. If I really want to, I can hit the space bar a bunch of times and get what I need (though who would want to write that much code on their iPhone is beyond me). Where the real problem comes in is with things like the ` (back tic) key. There isn't one on the iOS keyboard and (at least without jailbreaking) I don't know of a workaround to make this work.

To be fair, this problem isn't just for the iOS app. This is also a problem when I'm using the regular site, but it's become more of an issue since I'm more likely to respond now that I have a specific app. Can we get some sort of augmentation for the default keyboard?

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    There apparently is one. I got schooled on it too. Tap 123 (bottom-left of alphabet keyboard), then hold down on ' (apostrophe, next to backspace). The far left of that submenu is backtick – mhlester Feb 12 '14 at 19:46
  • Ah. Didn't know that was there. That's helpful, but my general point still stands. It would be nice to have some shortcuts. – Wesley Bland Feb 12 '14 at 19:48
  • Couldn't agree more. image followed by code indent being the top two – mhlester Feb 12 '14 at 19:49
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Soo... this is on our list but not a top priority so we don't really have a timeline. That said, it is an interesting problem and some characters are annoying to type so I've added an experimental implementation for a couple of them.

If you select text in the next build
and tap through the context menu,
you should see three basic formatting
options.  This is not the final design.

Update

Done.

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