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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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Do we need a new Markdown formatting for indented / boxed text (for preambles, remarks / side notes, postscripts, footnotes, …)?

I have been called out for using blockquotes for the wrong purpose. For quick reference, here's the blockquote in question (taken from this answer): And this is the request that was made about it:...
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Consecutive spoiler blocks (>!) are shown as blockquotes [duplicate]

The markdown >! a >! b >! c Will be shown as a blockquote with ! in front of it: ! a ! b ! c Instead of a spoiler for 3 paragraphs (or 3 spoiler blocks, whatever).
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Markdown not appropriately rendering unordered list spoilers

A user in https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/14928/1913 discovered that he couldn't create a spoiler unordered list, and I can't seem to either. I can blockquote an unordered list without any real ...
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Link with double-underscored word in URL renders incorrectly [duplicate]

While reviewing https://stackoverflow.com/q/3139601/212218#3139749 I noticed that the URL that was posted as one of the answers looked weird to me: leopard_9m2809a.dmg">http://adcdownload.apple.com/...
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HTML in answers/questions

Every now and then, I edit another user's question or answer and encounter something along the lines of the following in the post source: Help, I need this question solved with these things:<br /&...
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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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Add a table formatter in the post editor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please add support for tables in answers and questions. Would be possible to add a new format tool in the post editor? I'm talking about something that allows the user to ...
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How to type a dash (— or –) instead of a hyphen(-) in Stack Exchange?

On Mac and some other systems, typing two hyphens quickly "--", would be automatically converted to an em dash "—" or an en dash "–" depending on the setting. But Stack Exchange fields are different, ...
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What's a good way to structure questions?

Is there a particular structure that would be most useful when asking a question? I realise the type of question being asked would obviously affect this in specific cases but, in a general way, when ...
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Markdown syntax for `<kbd>foo</kbd>`

Especially on websites like Ask Different, <kbd>foo</kbd> is used a lot to markup keys on a keyboard correctly. It would be super useful to have a simple Markdown syntax for it. There’s ...
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How do I change (enlarge) the font size of a phrase in my answer?

How do I change (enlarge) the font size of a line in my answer? I read about formatting (markdown) in the Help area, but did not see this aspect covered there.
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Why is { a special character in Markdown?

I've noticed that I can escape curly braces. That is, if I type \{, I get {. Why are curly braces special characters; what Markdown syntax uses them? I couldn't find anything about it in the editing-...
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Can Markdown be recovered from the Stack Overflow data dump?

I've just got my hands on a data dump, and I'm disappointed to see that the Body field of the posts is in HTML rather than Markdown. I know there's markdown in the original database, because that's ...
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Which type of markdown is Stack Overflow using? [duplicate]

Precisely which type of markdown (afaik there are quite a few variants) and editor (the one I am typing in right now) is Stack Overflow using? I understand, there must be a JavaScript realtime ...
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Is there an easy way to post nice hyperlinks to questions?

Often I want to link to an existing question on the SE network in a comment or even a question/answer. One way to do this is by using the Share button. The link will be given in the form https://...
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What is the markdown for menu options

Is there a markdown syntax for menu options? For example if I want to express a keyboard shortcut I can use <kbd>Ctrl</kbd> + <kbd>C</kbd> to get Ctrl + C Is there a way ...
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Domain names in an URL are incorrectly encoded as escaped ASCII characters instead of punycode

Attempting to link to a site that uses non-alphanumeric characters in its domain name is incorrectly encoded to Hexadecimal "safe" characters instead of punycode. For instance, clicking on this ...
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Adjacent lists in WMD swallowed into a single list

Obviously, there not being a way to specify the end of a list, and multiple line breaks making list item contents paragraphs, the only way to have adjacent lists is to alternate between ordered and ...
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Cannot use bold and italic in comments

I noticed that using triple-star to apply bold and italics doesn't work in comments. For example: this is ***some*** text I would expect that to be rendered in bold and italics, as it does in ...
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Blank space above Inno Setup questions

I have noticed that the inno-setup page on Stack Overflow have a space above the questions, as shown in the screenshot below. I think the problem is related to a similar problem with the PostgreSQL ...
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Image markdown breaks if the alt text contains a URL

Including a URL in the alt text for an image breaks it, as long as the URL is preceded by a space: Normal image ![Alt text](https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/stackoverflowmeta/img/logo.png) Broken ...
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Special styled tags are not styled correctly in the post body

For example, if a tag has a red background and white text it will retain the black text if used in the post body. This makes it impossible to read. I'm hoping this is not status-bydesign.
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Markdown seems not to work in tag information excerpts

Today I noticed that when you click on a tag, it displays the "tag wiki" information at the top of the page. However, it appears that Markdown processor wasn't applied to it. The bug appears in [...
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Formatting at the beginning/end of links in chat must be explicitly not nested

In chat and in comments, [*Felis catus* (domestic cat) Nucleotide BLAST](http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ...) results in *Felis catus* (domestic cat) Nucleotide BLAST not the expected ...
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Preserving white space in comments

Since I don't think we can use the <pre> tag, is there a way to preserve white space in comments? Backticks by themselves don't seem to do it: Using backticks: testing extra spaces Using &...
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rel=next for “next” links on question pages

It would be really nice if all the next/prev links at the bottom of SO pages had rel=next / rel=prev on them, for use with browsers like Opera or the Firefox extensions that support this format for ...
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Long words in script tags do not break

Similar to the problem described in Post Overflow, long words don't break when they are placed inside <script> tags in a post. Script tags seem to get removed when rendering, so I think the ...
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Weird things happening with the new fenced codeblocks

If I type this code using the new fence-style code blocks, it displays fine: #include <stdio.h> int main(int argc, char** argv) { int i = 6; while(i --> 0) printf(i); return 0; }...
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A Markdown tutorial for new users?

Many new users post questions that lacks proper formatting, and it's mostly because they do not know how to use Markdown. Could we have a feature that suggests them to try out a dummy question with ...
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Make • a <ul>-creation character

Recently-ish, over on Stack Apps, the post for the official Android app was edited to actually contain information, rather than just being a placeholder. During this process, the staff member clearly ...
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Title font makes I and l indistinct

The title of this question is: Title font makes I and l indistinct Title font makes I and l indistinct The font used for question titles makes uppercase 'i' and lowercase 'L' (I and l) visually ...
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Why the weird linebreaks while formatting quotes?

alt text http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/3773/captureyh.png Why does the line break after some number of characters that only occupy half of the line width in the formatting mode?
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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 ...
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Markdown parsing error on link, possibly caused by “-_-”s in URL [duplicate]

A user posted this link in chat: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&cm_re=Cooler_Master_haf_912--11-119-233--Product Well, almost; he linked to this: (don't mind the ...
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The leading for lists is too wide and/or is not adjustable on SE 2.0 sites

On Stack Overflow (and Meta.SO), the standard leading used with bulleted lists has minimal vertical space between each line. If you want to increase the leading, you can insert a space between the ...
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Minor preview bug - mixed case HtTp urls display in preview but disappear from 'live' post

Here is an example: http://www.google.com -> http://www.google.com Http://www.google.com-> If you edit this question you'll see that both urls display in the preview - but the second one mixed-...
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Why don't Stack Exchange sites use a rich text editor?

Why does the Stack Exchange network of sites use Markdown instead of some other rich text editor like FCKEditor or TinyMCE?