Under the Markdown Editing Help (MEH) there is a large section on the way Markdown works. enter image description here

When recently typing in a path with backslashes \ and square brackets [] some things get eaten. After some discussion on the M.SO tavern, this is not a bug, just part of Markdown's formatting and the way it deals with some characters.

Could I humbly request that the information on the Backslash markdown can be added to the FaQ or Markdown Editing Help as it is not instantaly obvious if this is a bug or expected behaviour (and if it does exist somewhere on the SE sites please define a suitable punishment).

\ backslash

` backtick

? asterisk

_ underscore

{} curly braces

[] square brackets

() parentheses

# hash mark

+ plus sign

- minus sign (hyphen)

. dot

! exclamation mark


Er.. what?

Paths should generally be formatted as code.

Both the inline help (as shown in your screenshot) and the full editing help both indeed indicate how to format as code, both inline and block.

So either inline with backticks …


… or as a 4 space indented code block …


… and not entered as plain text:


Therefore in the screenshot, "code" is the correct help, and is already present.

  • so I am being a moron. Thanks for clearing that up. – tombull89 Jul 4 '11 at 8:50
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    @tom no, not at all! merely that we need to make it clear that posting paths is kind of like posting code.. – Jeff Atwood Jul 4 '11 at 9:10
  • chuckle thanks, if you could do that it would be very useful. – tombull89 Jul 4 '11 at 9:50

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