I have been to the formatting reference, and the https://meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help

and http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax.

None of which shows me how certain things on done on the site. Is there a way to view the ML used to generate a post? I think that allowing other people to look at a posts' markup would be the fastest way to learn. Perhaps when I have high enough rep to edit other people's posts or topics I can look then?

For example, Favorite Visual Studio keyboard shortcuts.

I have no idea how those key shortcuts were made.


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Grab the post ID of the question in question. It's between the question and the SEO friendy part of the URL. Just grab the first set of numbers you see really. And then put it in the XXX of the sample URL below:


So for this, while you may not have edited it, you can still see the revisions list if you follow the above template. Then click the View source link of the relevant edit edition.

If you want to play around with how a post will look, spend some time in the sandbox.

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    Except that the <kbd> element has been disabled on Meta. Sep 29, 2009 at 5:20
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    Well, there is that bit of sadness.
    – random
    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:38

The keys are made with the <kbd></kbd> tag. They're fun! no longer fun. Jeff disabled the <kbd> tag on Meta due to abuse.

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