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Why doesn’t the site use a rich text editor?
Should the markdown renderer treat a single line break as <br>?

Is there a chance to have WYSIWYG editor in SO instead of this mind boggling meta? And having ENTER as a next line not those two ridiculous two spaces etc.


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I absolutely adore markdown - and there is at least "what you see in the preview is what you get", along with helpful icons and shortcut keys.

One indication of how successful I view markdown to be is that now when I'm writing blog posts or emails, I naturally write backticks for code etc - and then I'm very disappointed when it doesn't format properly :(

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    What you see in the preview is usually what you get. I wonder if there's a market for WYSITPIUWYG editors.
    – mmyers
    Mar 31, 2010 at 19:06
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    I can't count how many times I've surround words with *asterisks* and expect MS Word to automatically convert them to italic. Grrr... Mar 31, 2010 at 19:48
  • @Robert, actually I'm quite sure Microsoft Word does automatic conversion, if you enable it.
    – Arjan
    Mar 31, 2010 at 22:12

I like SO's editor, TYVM. I only wish some of the awesome awesome keyboard shortcuts were available in the comment editor. (hint, hint, Jeff)

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