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Is there a way to include formatted text to a comment?

By that I mean adding formatted source code, or literal text, as well as new lines, that is, starting new paragraphs on new lines.

marked as duplicate by PolyGeo, rene support Oct 17 '18 at 20:53

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  • The fact that the question has an answer to my question does not make my question a duplicate. My question is spefically about what formatting options are available for comments, which is not the same question as how comments work. Even an answer to my question has been added to the response to that question, it doesn't make it a duplicate questions. – vfclists Oct 18 '18 at 1:05
  • Nobody is trying to shame you for asking a duplicate; it's just handier for future visitors to have more signposts pointing to the same good, well-maintained answer than to have the basic information duplicated in a bunch of different places. – Nathan Tuggy Oct 18 '18 at 1:51
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Comment formatting is limited; one can italicize, boldface, or both, and one can do limited source code formatting, but no newlines. There is a perception that more elaborate formatting is not required for comments, as comments are not supposed to be used to answer the question, and are not expected to be either elaborate or extensive; principally, they are expected to be used for requesting clarification of the question or answer to which they are attached.

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    To demonstrate, I've reproduced my answer as a comment: Comment formatting is limited; one can italicize, boldface, or both, and one can do limited source code formatting, but no newlines. There is a perception that more elaborate formatting is not required for comments, as comments are not supposed to be used to answer the question, and are not expected to be either elaborate or extensive; principally, they are expected to be used for requesting clarification of the question or answer to which they are attached. – Jeff Zeitlin Oct 17 '18 at 18:02

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