I would like to type

< X >

without the spaces. Doing so (at least without the first space) yields no character at all.

Typing the same in code mode works:


2 Answers 2


<x> could work

Use plain html if the markdown parser doesn't behave like you want to


See What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites? and this answer from slhck


Use html character entity references so for < type &lt; and for > type &gt;

So if you type this &lt;X&gt; you'd see it as this: <X>