Is there a way to make underscored/underlined text?

I read editing help and there seem to be nothing about that. By underscored I mean what in HTML is done with <u>...</u>:

Alice wanted to <u>emphasize</u> that her dress is fabulous.

"Layman's logic" would suggest using actual underscore _ to create such feat but it make things italicized.

So question remains - is there a way to underscore a text?

  • you mean display something like a_b? Or did you mean you want to underline some text? Apr 12, 2020 at 20:28
  • Does escaping with a backslash work for underscores? _Yes it does_. Unless you mean underlined, of course
    – khelwood
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:33
  • By underscored I mean what in HTML is done with <u> blah blah blah</u>.
    – tansy
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:34
  • Escaping _ makes underscore characted visible, I wanted to underscore text.
    – tansy
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:35
  • Shall I say underline? Is that apply to title? Can/should I change it?
    – tansy
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:41
  • I will edit the question and change it to "underscore/underline" because everyone seems tu use the latter although dictionary says "underscore: A line drawn under writing or text to indicate emphasis or italic type".
    – tansy
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:48

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An underscore is simply the _ character but it's pretty clear from your description you actually mean underlining i.e. drawing a line underneath some text.

The markdown that Stack supports is pretty standard and standard markdown doesn't support underlining. Presumably this is because in HTML underlining is generally used as part of the indication that the text works as a hyperlink.

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    Thanks, I read the answer. Saying that it's a "relic of typewriters and handwriting" and "bolding and putting everything in italics makes everything look better" it just an opinion based on taste.
    – tansy
    Apr 12, 2020 at 20:43
  • Man pages disagree with this answer.
    – gone
    Jan 8 at 16:02

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