Questions tagged [markdown]

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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Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works

There are tons of questions I could maybe post this as an answer to, but before choosing the best one, I'll just post this as an announcement question that can be linked elsewhere. The short story ...
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Discourage URL shorteners in comments: don't add link's href size to the total comment size

If a comment has [short title](http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url) link, then http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url is counted towards the total comment length limit. The answer to the same issue (to ignore ...
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Add quote markup to comments

Comments have a very restricted markup ability. Currently supported text markups available are Italic text Bold text code One of the very common things people do in comments that is not supported ...
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Make “x identical lines skipped” expandable

Recently, I saw this revision: I'm using the side-by-side markdown layout to see revisions. Now, I wanted to see the rest of the code to see what impact this revision had. So I think, let's click on "...
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Whitelist the <span> tag with the lang= attribute, in order to support Han characters

Currently, <span> tags are not on the whitelist of allowed HTML tags. The lang= attribute also is not permitted anywhere. In some contexts, this causes a problem with characters that are Han-...
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Add “paragraphs” to Markdown help

Like balpha once explained very nicely, a <br> line break (newline) should be used in very few cases, and surely is not the same as a new <p> paragraph. Still the Markdown help only ...
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Adding a link with a space in front causes the link to not work

When you paste a link into the "Insert Hyperlink" box, it adds it automatically as a citation link: [Example 1][1] [1]: http://example.com But when you paste a link starting with a space , it ...
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Could <samp> support be added to Stack Exchange?

Since Stack Exchange already supports <kbd> for text input, it only makes sense to support the matching output from a program, <samp>, distinctly from the program <code> itself. If ...
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Links to answers are not formatted to show the title automatically

When including a link to a question in a post (question or answer) by copying the Link URL at the bottom of the question, the link is automatically formatted to appear as the question title: For ...
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Proposal for Markdown buttons design

Markdown panel that is used now in Stack Exchange sites has button images with medium resolution. It would be good to have these buttons in good quality, because in Retina display images are blurred. ...
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Make Link markdown with whitespace-only content for the 'link' text auto-delete itself

There was a questionable post caught by SmokeDetector containing an invisible link set forth on white space like follows: [ ](hxxp://some-nsfw-image-link-or-spam-link) ... which renders pretty much ...
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Could Markdown and mini-Markdown have the same support for backticks?

In comments, mini-Markdown sometimes has a different syntax for backticks within backticks: when the code starts and/or ends with a backtick, one needs escaping. In those cases, could mini-Markdown ...
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Visibility of links with uppercase letters in protocol section is inconsistent

Any link is visible in post preview despite of case in protocol section. But only links where protocol in lowercase are visible in result. Here is the link with uppercase letter in protocol section: ...
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Allow folding/collapsing of certain segments of posts

A question with attachments, screenshots and/or long code, makes it vertically long and often difficult to read fast. It would be nice to have a new kind of format, such as 'hideable', with a graphic ...
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Insufficient padding on one-line markdown pre tag

When scrolling through a code-block that is one line high on OSX the scroll bars appear when you hover over to scroll and obscure over half of the text. Chrome: Firefox: It's very distracting. It ...
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Reuse image description (alt text) as hover tooltip (title) by default

As What's the point in adding alt-text to an image? explains, currently, image description text only shows when browsing with images disabled and as such, can't be seen at all (and thus is ...
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Starring a message in chat that has a tag late in the message causes an empty tag box in the star list

Well, that's a decent title. Now what the heck am I talking about? Caused by starring this chat message. Seems to me like the box shouldn't be there at all since the tag is not part of the ...
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Perverse <del>/code block nesting preview is misleading

I just noticed that including code blocks in <del></del> seems to work in the preview but does not in the posted result. For example this: <del>Not code but enclosed in del tags ...
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Markdown images should clickable by default

Imagine a person posting a diagram within a Stack Exchange question. Typically they wind up with markdown like this: ### ![enter image description here][1] [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/TvhYx.jpg ...
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Give a warning instead of silently deleting <angle brackets>

I just wrote an answer which contained the sentence You need an IQueriable<TypeA>, but you have an IQueriable<TypeB> Upon posting, the "invalid markdown tags" where silently deleted,...
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Markdown in careers.stackoverflow.com cover letters

One of the things I love about the Stack Exchange sites is how pervasive Markdown is. You can literally use it almost everywhere. Heck, I'm using it right now, as I type this. So, you can imagine my ...
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Can we make the link formatting more obvious in the suggested edits queue?

Link in a suggested edit show up as such: You can't even tell that it is a link. It isn't obvious until you mouseover the text and even then, you can miss it really easily: I've rejected a couple ...
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Can the code button in the format bar be made to work for code blocks in numbered lists

I ran into a problem formatting a code block in a numbered list. I notice that I am not the first one to run into this problem -- there are more than a dozen questions related to this topic. The ...
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Extend comment “magic links” syntax to allow arbitrary link text

The magic links are awesome. How much more awesome would it be to be able to make a comment linking to one of the URLs covered by a magic link, but with custom text? Since the square-bracket link ...
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Code detection heuristics for possible link-only answers should be a little bit smarter

This answer came up on my radar. The first thing I noticed about it was its inappropriate use of inline code formatting for something that is not code. Naturally, I tried to edit it:    ...
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Stack Exchange automatically changing and breaking code when link updated?

I just asked Multiline entries in custom toc. During editing I deleted an image and uploaded a new one. During this process the site automatically adjusted the numbers of links, [1], [2], etc. ...
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Add the “notranslate” class to code blocks

As pointed out in the question "How to make users aware that they're reading translated content?", some users navigate with auto-translation turned on. In principle I don't see it as a big problem, ...
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No markdown on review of Low Quality Posts, and Edit fails review

Sometimes rendered output isn't enough to review a post. From the Low Quality Posts review queue, there's no way to review markdown which is sometimes necessary to perform a review. Reviewing low ...
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Cyrillic letter-highlighting differs in preview and in post, while identical for latin characters

I found that the rendering xxx**yyy**zzz as xxx*<i>yyy</i>*zzz is by-design, but for latin letters it works identical both in preview and after posting. But this is not so for cyrillic ...
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Markdown parser does not recognise all valid URL paths

Hyperlinks which contain any of the dollar symbol $, the asterisk symbol * or the apostrophe/single-quote symbol ' cause various things to break: http://foo.com/$bar produces http://foo.com/$bar1 ...
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Comments hover over reputation - number format

When you hover over the username in comments section, it shows reputation of the user which is great. My request is: can this number be formatted as it's hard to read for high rep users (10k+ or ...
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Please include how to quote backticks in inline code in Markdown editing help

I've seen this happen a few times: "code 'with' backticks (replace quotes with backticks!!!)" I also had to do some digging to find out for myself that the correct way to do this: code `with` ...
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Revision diff columns overflowing

I was editing a post, and I formatted the code better (markdown hates code with tab characters in it). When I was viewing the revisions (in source side-by-side diff mode), some of the lines were ...
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Should shorthand tag links link to questions or wiki?

The editing help explains that one can link to tags with shorthand links such as [tag:foo]. Currently such shorthand links to the relevant tag's questions page. In many contexts, one wishes to ...
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Markdown quirkiness with hyperlinks including images

I noticed some weird behavior of Markdown regarding adding hyperlinks to images. Start with an image: ![alt text][1] [1]: http://example.com/image.jpg Now, highlight ![alt text][1] and hit Ctrl+...
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In chat, links surrounded in square brackets are rendered incorrectly

In chat, when you surround a link in square brackets ([ ]), the left square bracket gets rendered as part of the link, while the right bracket does not: [[Test](http://google.com/)] produces this: ...
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Offline markdown editor

I'm wondering if anybody else has the requirement of having an (offline) editor when posting long questions and answers and would prefer to create the text in a separate (offline) editor to reduce the ...
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Nested links in some posts

Some SE posts contain nested <a> elements in their HTML markup, which isn't valid HTML (at least according to W3 validator). One example is here: Homepage: <a href="http://rsync.samba.org/" ...
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Links without a space between a URL and tag are not rendered as a link in the chat transcript

If you post a chat message like [tag:foo]http://example.com/ (note the lack of a space in between), it will be converted to: Now when you view the same message in the chat transcript it looks like ...
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Allow HTML entities in comments

I just tried to write a comment with an em dash—unsuccessfully, I might add—by using the &mdash; HTML entity. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Markdown support for questions and answers, and ...
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Editor preview resolves title to HTTP links but rendered post does not

The editor and the actual rendering of a post differ in their treatment of post link title expansions for non-HTTPS links. For example, the following: HTTPS: Network-wide HTTPS: It's time HTTP: ...
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Markdown italics bug

On this answer I used this markdown: *x*2, *x*6, *x*A, *x*E expecting the x to be italicised, but this only happened for the last two items: *x*2 *x*6 xA xE This appears to be triggered only by one ...
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Private beta markdown shows ** instead of bold

Private beta login page shows **private beta** instead of making the text bold. Based on this question the markdown is supported on the login page (however 4 years ago it was shown in italics).
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Code blockquotes on beta sites add extra spacing to bottom

Currently, when you try to format blocks of code inside a blockquote, you get extra spacing at the bottom of the blockquote. Here are a couple of examples: While this isn't a huge deal, it ...
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Bolding broken after full-width punctuation marks (。?! etc.)

It's nor rare for me to want to bold sentences, as cursive looks ugly with Chinese characters. Japanese and Chinese often doesn't use spaces, but the full-width punctuation marks such as 。?!、 . ...
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Allow comment markdown shortcuts in (meta?) questions and answers

Background I've thought about this on several occasions and always assumed someone already asked for it, but I can't find any duplicates. In comments (and on chat), we can use some handy little ...
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Minor problems with bold markdown for Japanese (on chat and in posts)

Although bold markdown has finally been fixed for Japanese, there are still occasional problems. I first noticed these problems in chat; it seems like there are related problems on the main site, but ...