I found many questions similar to chat formatting issues but unfortunately none of them addresses my issue related to chat formatting and I am making it clear that I am not talking about multiline messages.

So personally I observed it mostly for formatting of code and italics, they just don't work always. What I have seen is for italics: sometimes *text* don't work but _text_ work in a single line message and vice-versa and same for code formatting: backticks don't work but Ctrl+k works always. I discussed this issue in Chat feedback too, but unfortunately, no solution came up therefore here I am providing some chat links realted to these issues:-

For code formatting: 1 (line 2), 2 (line 4)

For italicised text 1 (line 2), 2 (line 3), 3 (line 3)

At first I thought, It is not formatting just for me but I had asked my fellow users in chat room, they have experienced it too.

PS: In no way I am saying that chat formatting just never works but It is also true that It don't work always (Only SE Devs can tell why)


All of your examples contain newlines. This makes them multi-line messages. Chat does not currently support rendering markdown in multiline messages.

  • This chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/48268523#48268523 contains multiline too but it is formatted nicely. Why?
    – daya
    Aug 16 '19 at 14:45
  • That message contains no newlines; it wraps to multiple lines, but only by necessity - if you had a wide enough screen, it would show up on a single line.
    – Shog9
    Aug 16 '19 at 15:11
  • Oh God! I misunderstood what a "multiline" message means, you are right. Now I understand why my messages were not get formatted.
    – daya
    Aug 16 '19 at 15:24

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