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Markdown is a lightweight, plain-text, markup language. It is used across the entire Stack Exchange network for post formatting (Questions, answers, wikis, chat).

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Revision history behaves strangely when there is only an edit in Markdown

I was trying to see what was changed from revision 1 to revision 2 of this post and it appeared that nothing changed in the side-by-side view: I switched to the side-by-side Markdown view and the ...
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Tables just became broken in Markdown preview

I just tried to insert a table while writing a post but it appeared broken in the preview. I used the basic example shown in the "formatting tips" to confirm: | A header | Another header | | ...
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Stacks Editor Markdown preview mode is now available

Following the alpha release of the Stacks Editor, we got lots of feedback (including three out of the top four answers on the post, as well as other answers below and many comments) asking for a way ...
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Adding a link to formatted text in Rich Text mode causes the text to lose formatting

In Rich Text mode, type some text and add some formatting to it (bold, italic, inline code, etc.). Then, select the text and add a link to it. The text loses all its formatting. For example, a**b**c ...
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Making part of a link text bold or italic causes the link to be repeated

The Rich Text mode causes links to be repeated whenever a part of the link text is made bold or italic. To reproduce: Type some text. Add a hyperlink to it. Select part of the text and make it either ...
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Code block within spoiler gives different result than shown

Background: I'm using the opt-in beta for the new editor. When using the following markdown in the answer editor: >! ```python >! if True: >! print "Hello World" >! ``` It ...
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Editor in "Ask Question" page has two snippet icons

There are two snippet icons displayed in the question's body Markdown editing tool. Clicking on both icons opens the snippet section. I am able to reproduce this on Meta Stack Exchange and Stack ...
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"Is it time to add another moderator" email contains unparsed Markdown

I just received another email in unparsed Markdown: Can somebody please reactivate the Markdown parser - I seem to remember earlier emails of this type being correctly formatted.
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Code no longer displays, despite being selectable [closed]

Since today, suddenly code no longer displays for me: The same happens for in-line code, also that in comments. However, I can select the code: and copy-paste it to a text editor. Is this a new bug? ...
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Is the language name case sensitive for syntax highlighting?

I often use the syntax-highlighting feature of Stack Exchange in order to make my code easier to read. ```lang-python for k in range(0, 10): print(k) ``` for k in range(0, 10): print(k) ...
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Markdown editing help code example doesn't preserve the spaces

The Markdown editing help page currently leads with this code example: printf("%d\n", 42); /* What was the question again? */ (This quote excludes the four highlighted spaces at the ...
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Capitalize the word "markdown" in formatting tips and editing help

When editing a post (old or new editor likewise), there is a button to get formatting tips. The page about tables has the word "markdown" written in lower case: The same issue also appears ...
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Some markup is formatted weird on stackoverflow.com [closed]

TEST 1: 1) This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of ...
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Supported Markdown for Flag Text does not Match Supported Comment Markdown

This answer from 2013 states that: flags are now rendered using the same "mini-markdown" renderer used for comments. The help center on comment formatting includes a list of shorthand ...
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Support Markdown Parsing in Flag Feedback

When I flag something "in need of moderator intervention," I can use similar mini-Markdown as comments which appears correctly rendered when I view my flag history. However, I have received ...
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Inline JavaScript Markdown renderer does not reflect server-side C# limitations: can not stylize URL links

If you link to an answer with just a link it'll get expanded in the inline preview (as such the below is just https://stackoverflow.com/q/28508017/124486 getting expanded to the title of the question),...
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Why is [meta-tag:status-planned] not rendered in this tag info?

I have noticed that the tag info for status-deferred on MathOverflow Meta contains the paragraph looks like this: Contrast [meta-tag:status-planned], in which a feature is something that the site ...
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How to apply special formatting within a question’s title, e.g. to highlight a keyword such as … 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙭?

Have a look at the formatting of the title of the question “What does the ASCII art on the 𝘼𝙢𝙖𝙯𝙤𝙣 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙭 2 𝘼𝙈𝙄 MOTD mean?”, and notice that some of the words used in the title (such as 𝙇�...
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How can I find posts with particularly large code blocks in a non-code-based site?

From time to time in Space SE a question or answer about a calculation will need to share a significant amount of tabular data, say 100 or 1000 lines. It needs to be forever available to future ...
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Markdown formatting problems in the Help Center article "How do I search?"

In the Help Center article How do I search?, there seem to be a few Markdown formatting problems: In the section "Boolean Operators", the subheading "OR operator" is not rendered ...
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Markdown reformatting is broken if a list item starts with a block element

The new/stacks editor, when switching from source mode to Markdown mode, breaks alignment of list items <li> if it begins with a block-level element (<blockquote> or <pre>). For ...
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What Replacement Strings are available for use in Community Specific Close Reasons?

I've been working on a project to update some of our Community Specific closure reasons on Stack Overflow. In my research, I've been looking network wide at our various community's closure reasons. I'...
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Markdown rendering anomaly in the Help Center on SO

On Stack Overflow the privileges for a trusted user page in the Help Center currently shows the following minor rendering anomaly: ##Deleting answers ###When should I vote to delete an answer? As ...
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Adding a 'Markdown link' to 'Share a link to this answer/question' dialog

I often prepare an answer in a local application editor that supports Markdown syntax. After posting the answer I then add a link to that answer using the 'Copy link' of the 'Share a link to this ...
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Hyperlinks do not work if they are inside square brackets

I can imagine situations when somebody might include a bare URL in post. And the link might even be between [ and ] - if it is a part of some explanatory remark. It seems that in such cases the link ...
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Using blockquote in chat doesn't work when it's part of a text block [duplicate]

In the chat, when using a blockquote markup after a line of text, the blockquote doesn't render. For example, if I try: text: > quote I get this: What's the correct way to use it in this case?
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Is there a way to combine multiple columns in a table? [duplicate]

I would like to create a table that has some combined columns. Something like this: | title 1 | title 2 | title 3 | |:-------:|:-------:|:-------:| | info 1 & 2 | info 3 | | info 4 | ...
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Indenting interactive interpreter invokes interesting interactions [duplicate]

Stack Snippets still attempt to be rendered when indented or within code fences. This behaviour was first observed "in the wild" on this (now deleted) answer on Stack Overflow and in ...
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"Thanks for participating" email is in unparsed Markdown

I just received a "Thanks for participating" email for the Proof Assistants site. I assume these are sent automatically by a script, but it seems to have missed the Markdown-to-HTML parser ...
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Code Markdown bug

I've only seen this happen on music.se, the latest one on Metronome Sound today. The last code block on a page renders as a blank box. It looks like a few people have had different attempts to get the ...
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"Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code." I have no idea why

I can’t seem to understand what is wrong with the following Markdown content. I keep getting the Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. Please indent all code by 4 ...
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Pasting from Microsoft Excel defaults to pasting an image via the Uploader™ [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a markdown table in Microsoft Excel, I copied multiple rows then went to paste the text into a post, and I get this result: Whereas I'd have expected the table to have been pasted ...
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Are nested spoiler tags possible in a post?

As we all know, there is the option to have a quote format within a quote format, like so: Some text Some other text Is there a way to have a spoiler tag within a spoiler tag? Currently, using the ...
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Chemistry equation \ce modifier works in a non chem SE site's posts, but not in search results. Should we consider it "working" and start using it?

In Space Exploration SE there are a lot of questions related to chemistry (mostly production and combustion of rocket propellants and air/water for people) and after six years there I just this moment ...
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Block quote handling mismatch between preview and post

Noticed on my answer to a question on BGSE, the preview and the posted answer, the block quote is handled differently: This is the markup for my rules quote: Here is the preview that shows below the ...
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Markdown tables with unmatched backtick \` should either not show as a table in preview or show correctly after preview

I spotted a discrepancy between Markdown preview and posted questions. This discrepancy also holds for answers. When using unmatched backticks ` inside a table cell, like in following source: |header1|...
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Strikethrough without space is not working in chat

Intra-word strikethrough in chat is not working. This does not render as having a strikethrough: T---e---st Is this by-design or not?
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Why has the parsing of the &nbsp; in tables changed?

I am used to using the &nbsp; HTML character to visually fill out the width and/or height of tables so they are used to their full potential: So that instead of this: I get this:                 ...
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Count length of comment only by the markdown formatted *result* length, not by its *raw input* length [duplicate]

When adding markdown formatted links, you have the chance to give a short and readable name to a link, using : I have to change it to: to be able to comment. Result: If I try to save some space in ...
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Why does the new editor change all the link references to inline?

I used WSIWYG mode in the new editor and it made all the links inline when I made a minor edit. Of less concern, it also removed the optional trailing #s on headers and escaped a bunch of brackets ...
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Markdown rendering missing in comment flags under moderator

Code formatting isn't properly rendered within comment flags: ... and links (possibly other content) as well: I doubt there would be any nefarious content that is hidden through markdown that one ...
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Quotes prevent auto-linking Stack Exchange question URLs, but the preview doesn't reflect this? [duplicate]

Compare this preview of editing a post (the same is true when writing): With the results: Can this get fixed at some point?
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Can questions support the <details> tag?

Today I wanted to include an extra log in a question, but felt it didn't need to take up vertical space when someone first looked at the question (the scrollbar on long code wasn't aggressive enough ...
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Why are these 2 code tables rendered differently?

When rendered in dark mode, one table has golden borders, the other one has white+grey borders. Despite they are using the same markdown, only content is different. Please explain why. My question is ...
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Code formatting fails for closing brace on some sites [duplicate]

The following block of code ``` } ``` renders correctly when asking a question on most sites, e.g. Stack Overflow and here on Meta: } However, on some sites, like Game Development and Code Review, ...
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Markdown isn't rendering the <sup> tag correctly

Recently I made an edit to this question in Literature SE. The added part is a link inside a tag: <sup> The mot was made by mathematician Poincaré in his essay [The future of mathematics](https:...
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How can I properly embed a code block into a Markdown table cell? Alternatively, how can I insert newlines into a code block without using `Enter`?

I have the following fenced code block: ```<br>a = 1<br>b = 2<br>``` I would like to replace the <br>s with some other character ?, so that it acts like a newline, so that the ...
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Embedded Markdown tags in answers have smaller text and are not aligned properly

Is it possible to reposition and increase the size of Markdown tags embedded in answers? Over at Law, although a question may be tagged with a specific jurisdiction: we expect and encourage answers ...
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Markdown tables render differently in preview and post [duplicate]

I recently made a Markdown table as part of an answer to a question on Biology.SE. Here's the text: ***R<sub>g</sub>* protein C (Å)**|***R<sub>g</sub>* protein D (Å)** -----|---...
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Unable to position my cursor by mouse inside the image textboxes in the Answer section in the Firefox browser

In the Mozilla Firefox browser, I'm unable to position my cursor by mouse inside the image textboxes in the Answer section. If I want to modify any text, I can only use the keyboard. GIF image for the ...
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