I have been trying to edit the blockquote formatting in the question, GPS Receiver SKG13BL + Arduino - Having trouble receiving data on SE Arduino.

The issue I am having is with this piece of markup:

Troublesome markup

which ends up looking like this:

Troublesome markup outout

The final line in bold is appended to the previous line, and the newline is ignored.

It is not actually the blockquoting causing the issue. Working on that snippet in isolation, if the blockquotes are removed, the issue still occurs:

Without the blockquotes

I have been playing with this for about an hour now, and can't find a solution. I have tried copying and two pasting the previous line and writing in the Position... part, within it, manually, but as soon as I type the first space after the colon, the line appends itself to the previous one, like so:


No space

Not OK

With space

I have added blank lines at the end of the blockquote, still nothing. IS it something to do with the CSV output upsetting the following line?

I have given up trying now, and need a pointer as to what I am missing, or doing wrong.

Here is the actual markup, if anyone wants to try themselves:

Here is the output:

$GPGSA,A,3,14,20,21,18,29,15,10,,,,,,2.59,1.13,2.33*0E $GPGSV,4,1,13,29,63,172,35,40,59,241,34,15,45,039,43,18,44,324,51*7A $GPGSV,4,2,13,21,42,350,46,10,27,284,46,24,27,116,19,14,25,209,17*76 $GPGSV,4,3,13,20,24,037,46,193,23,064,39,25,10,180,16,26,08,268,*44 $GPGSV,4,4,13,16,01,294,*42 $GPRMC,003218.000,A,1301.6703,N,07740.9225,E,0.02,0.00,010316,,,D*6D Position: GPRMC,003218.000,A,1301.6703,N,07740.9225,E,0.02,0.00,010316,,,D*6D Position: lat: 1******8 lon: 7*****42

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    OK, looking at What is the reason for the top secret two space newline markdown weirdness?, double space fixed the issue. Should I delete my question? I guess the answer is a resouding "yes"! :-) Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 12:13
  • If this is output, put it in code formatting (indent by four spaces).
    – muru
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:02
  • @muru - ok, thanks. I have often wondered about that, and there seems to be a little inconsistency about this, across the SE sites - sometimes output is block quoted and other times it is code formatted - to which I have unfortunately probably contributed its perpetuation. Is this set in stone somewhere, or just an unspoken convention? Do you have a link? Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:18
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    I think it is an unspoken convention, if a logical one - if you want something to displayed exactly as given, code formatting is the way to go. IMO that applies to both sample input and sample output for a given program.
    – muru
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:26
  • Don't delete it, having many ways of formulating a problem helps in future searches. Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:04
  • @DeerHunter - ok, I should answer my own question, then, and accept it? Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:56


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