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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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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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Is there some markup to post tags?

I am wondering because I was editing my profile and I though it would be nice to put the languages I know and stuff like tags. Is it possible to post a tag? If it's not, do you think it's possible to ...
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Is it possible to horizontally center an image on Stack Exchange sites?

Since we can only use Markdown and a limited subset of HTML/CSS is it possible to center an image, or any block element for that matter, on the Stack Exchange sites?
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Add a button for adding code highlighting for a specific language [duplicate]

Currently, the following code: <!-- language: lang-php --> <?php="test"?> <!-- language: lang-xml --> <bug cat="md" name="syntax"> Generates the following markdown:...
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Add support for abbr tag

The <abbr> tag is useful to clarify abbreviations without hunting down external links for them. Migrating this from: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/1722-general/suggestions/118664-add-...
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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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Why can't table markup elements be used? [duplicate]

In What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites?, Jeff explains which basic HTML elements are allowed. Near the end he states We do not and will not allow table tags -- sorry. This is ...
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Why can we format text with bold and italic but not underline?

Why is it that italic and bold formatting is available while underline is not? I guess it is voluntary, I'm just wondering why that would be the case.
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Fix Markdown/SmartyPants in question titles

Consider this question: is x-- > 0 && array[x] well defined behavior in c++? Unfortunately, the question title is displayed on SO as: is `x— > 0 && array[x]` well defined ...
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Adding a new link to a post messes up indexes in square brackets in code already present in the post

In an answer, I was adding some links to the documentation, after I wrote some PHP code. As result, the code was altered. Take as example the following Markdown with an indented code block. if (...
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Text formatting now allowed in comments (List of proven and disproven abilities)

What special formatting tricks can be done in the comments now? Proven: **text** or __text__ = Bolding = text *text* or _text_ = Italics = text `text` = Code Formatting = text [example](http://...
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Support showing image in original size in overlay

It would be nice to support showing images in their original size when they where automatically resized because they are too big to fit in a question or answer (Example). I envision it just like in ...
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Alternative to backticks for keyboard without backticks?

I'm using an Italian keyboard so I do not have backticks. The problem for me is not when I'm writing a question, because I can use the UI of course, but when I'm writing a comment I have to use the ...
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Style guide for questions and answers

Recently I saw a question title of "combine 2 resultset". I think the community deserves nicely written and formatted content. I guess this would require just ten more seconds from all of us. ...
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How to do a single newline?

How do I do a single newline/carriage return when typing a question or answer? For example, if I wanted to write some columns with values as in an Excel spreadsheet. I see people do it all the time, ...
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Correct way to format errors messages (or stacktraces)

In StackOverflow, I often see users posting long errors messages (or Exception stacktraces). Is there any correct way of formatting this kind of thing on StackExchange sites ? Code ? : [ERROR] Line ...
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Can we get a way to wrap text around images?

Right now as far as I can tell all images have to appear as inline paragraphs, left-aligned with other paragraphs. For sites like Stack Overflow, it makes sense... images are only used when you want ...
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View code in new window

When a code snippet is long enough to prompt scrolling (especially horizontal scrolling), it would be helpful to offer a link to view the code snippet in a new window. I'm thinking that the link ...
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Stop expanding tabs into four spaces

Do we need to change all tabs into four spaces? A while back I proposed a code golf specific feature request. I now come to this community to discuss how this feature may be interesting to many ...
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Automatically convert links to popular mobile pages (such as the mobile Wikipedia) to point to the corresponding regular pages

This issue came up here on Worldbuilding: If somebody is on a mobile device and wants to cite, e.g., Wikipedia, they usually insert a link to the mobile Wikipedia instead of the regular one. This is ...
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Differentiate spoilers from empty block quotes

I have to admit, I didn't even know spoilers were supported until today, but really bugs me that spoilers just look like empty block quotes before you mouse over them. vs.     ...
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Add format for logs/warnings/error messages which allows word-wrapping and preserves newlines

At the moment, we have these choices when providing error messages / logs: Use code-blocks This preserves the formatting of the error message, though it uses spurious highlighting and disables line-...
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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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Stricter <kbd> usage rules

A while ago I created this Meta discussion based on a few people using <kbd> tags to link to their JSFiddle demos: Stricter <kbd> formatting; disallow JSFiddle links and other non-kbd ...
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How to escape the angled brackets (“<”, “>”) in a code block?

Writing a question including a C code in a <pre><code> block, I found out that in my #include lines the header names are not displayed when using the standard <name.h> convention. ...
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Better style for HTML 'definition list' <dl> elements

Among allowed HTML tags there are tags which together form 'definition list', namely <dl> (definition list), <dt> (definition term), and <dd> (definition description) elements. They ...
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Markdown links and images are producing incorrect HTML

The problem appeared recently. Images and links are not displayed correctly.
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Implement the <spoiler> tag

Please consider implementing the request for some sort of a spoiler markdown using the following syntax: why did we trust <spoiler>rchern</spoiler> ? WHY OH GOD WHY? <spoiler> The ...
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View Source link on all questions

Atm, if you want to view the Markdown source of a question/answer (on SO/SF/SU/MSO at least, probably all stack exchange sites), you have 4 options: Gain enough rep to edit posts, then click the edit ...
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Automatically convert tabs to spaces in the original text

I've seen other questions regarding the same, but in this case I think it is a little different. I know the Markdown handles tabs correctly (when generating the HTML code), but that's not what I'm ...
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Add markdown for wrong quotes/examples

I formulate this feature request particularly with language sites in mind, but it may also be useful to other Stack Exchanges: On some, if not all language sites, blockquotes (triggered with a > ...
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Why should users have to press Return twice to insert new lines?

When I post a question and want to add a new line, I have to press Return two times, or else the next text will appear on the same line. Is this really supposed to behave this way? If so, why?
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Written with StackEdit

So, I've noticed on a few posts, that they have been "Written with StackEdit". StackEdit seems to be a fancy Markdown editor located at http://benweet.github.io/stackedit/. Anyway, I've seen this at ...
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What is the reason for the top secret two space newline markdown weirdness? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the markdown renderer treat a single line break as <br>? In markdown a <br> is inserted if you end a line with a double space I find this feature ...
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What markdown formatting features are available for Bounty remarks?

According to the community FAQ, backticks and inline links are available for the bounty remark. What other formatting features of Markdown are also supported on Bounty remarks?
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How do I escape the hash sign (#) if I want to use it in the section title?

In this SO answer, I wanted to use the header Script component code in C# using the section title. However, the markdown syntax removed the hash sign (#) and it currently displays the text as Script ...
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Easier way to represent DB tables when asking DB questions

Just like there is code highlighting for languages when you ask programming questions, can you add a feature where you can enter table design information and it is visually shown in the question? ...
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add LaTeX support to Markdown/WMD

I'm planning a (the?) StackExchange site for mathematics. I think it will be awesome, but there is one major difference between mathematicians and programmers which will be a source of friction in the ...
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Bug in markdown parser - Horizontal line parser

Symptoms The following input causes stackexchange page to freeze (give it a try :P) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - a Cause This is caused by a ...
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Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts for Comments

Ever since we got the ability to format comments, I have abused it mercilessly. I put quick code snippets in there all of the time. And I find myself often highlighting a word or two and hitting Ctrl+...
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Markdown keyboard in iOS app

When entering text in a textview that supports Markdown input (such as when asking a question), the keyboard should have a toolbar (an inputAccessoryView) that shows characters common for markdown ...
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Are we still at the stage where we are unwilling to consider math markup on SO

The main Q&A on this (here's one, and another one, and of course this one all seem to be 3+ years old. I'd accept that this question is a duplicate of this question which seems to have ...
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Inconsistent padding of inline code

Looking at the following screenshot of this answer, you'll notice a slight difference in padding of inline code inside normal paragraphs and that of code inside of lists: http://img835.imageshack.us/...
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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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Is using 'header' markdown okay in answers?

Edit: I have changed the answer in question to use ### instead of ## now. See this answer of mine: https://stackoverflow.com/a/20820086/538216 The asker of the question keeps editing my post to ...
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Markdown formatting bug with code blocks in lists

Have a look at the revisions of https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/1230618/list, in particular the formatting-related edit I made (edit 2). The formatted text contains spurious newlines and ...
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How can I type an underscore symbol as part of a word?

I ask this specifically because SQL Server collations contain underlines, and I couldn't find how to display them properly as part of a sentence. Only quoting them as code seems to display it properly,...
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Smart quotes in parentheses point the wrong way (“example”) [“tst”] {“tst”}

I noticed that when quote marks are converted to smart quotes in titles, the opening quote points the wrong way if it is preceded by an open parenthesis. See the title to this question. http://img264....