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List of "languages" to be used in "preformatted" code blocks for "Syntax Highlighting"

When I enter a "preformatted" code block in a body of Q or A, I have the option to specify the language of this code like this: ```bash #!/bin/bash echo "something" sleep 10 exit ``...
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Markdown editing commands don't seem to work

I have found this link: And it says: Linebreaks End a line with two spaces to add a <br/> linebreak: How do I love thee? Let me count the ...
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Many users are not formatting images properly. What to do?

I've been editing posts on the Ask Ubuntu website for a couple of weeks and I've found that there more than a hundred posts where images are not formatted properly. Most of the users are either ...
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Final code block is rendered differently from Edit preview

This is seen the formatting of the answer at The code block is enclosed in triple-backticks, but displayed as though it were in single-backticks. If I try ...
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There is something wrong with backslash ("\") behaviour in comments

I was writing comment to the question(about Samba, so it uses UNC with backslashes). The source code of my comment: On Linux you should use `//` instead of `\\`. On Windows you should use only `\\`. ...
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What is the preferred way to add a numbered list using markdown?

I noticed my answer to a question was revised and approved for no apparent reason other than markdown preference. Question What is the preferred formatting of an ordered list using markdown? I ...
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Insert link doesn't work as expected

Whether this is a bug might be open to interpretation. However, in the spirit of continuous improvement I thought I'd bring this up. When inserting a link we get the following prompt. Placing an ...
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Automatically wrapping lines in Ask Ubuntu

I'm new to forums and stuff like that. I need to post my wifi-info scripts output in Ask Ubuntu using Firefox and I need to keep it as it is without wrapping any lines. As soon as copy and paste it, ...
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What should I do when a user persistently insists on poor formatting and resists formatting improvements?

Context: I edited an answer of a user who got distracted and forgot the Markdown syntax, using 1) instead of 1. for writing an ordered list. Therefore the ...
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Syntax highlighting in <pre> block?

So I've discovered that I can make code blocks with <pre> tag. Great ! Now I can write markup in vim and copy the resulting text into answer text box (instead of pasting answer and script ...
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Please don't use underscores for formatting

SE Markdown supports both underscores and asterisks for marking italics and bold: _foo_ __foo__ *foo* **foo** foo foo foo foo However, the SE editor (both in browsers and apps) only recognises (...
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Can someone elaborate for me the rule on using the back tick for emphasis? [duplicate]

Is there a rule against which markdown codes are allowed in formatting text for easy reading? It's my impressing that a lot of text that is displayed that isn't code is displayed using code tags to ...
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Unexpected formatting with code in list

I posted a answer and below some list items the code content turned to other format different from what I was expecting. I tried to indent either by code button or manually but didn't work. Is It a UI ...
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Make blockquote formatting button not destroy the source layout!

You ever had a post in front of you where the OP did mix up blockquote and code formatting? Not those easy cases where he/she wrote a > character before the paragraph himself, but those cases when ...
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How do I add arrows in my post?

Sometimes, I see people posting this: Ctrl+Alt+↑ Or this: Go to File → Preferences. How can I add these super awesome arrows? I know I can copy the arrows from another post,...
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Table making bug

Markdown than is on SE doesn't support table making. Read the Markdown sytax specs page — section Inline HTML. Example table in Markdown (and HTML) is on That works ...
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How do I escape backticks in a backticks command?

I found: "How do I escape backticks in a comment?", but I want to escape backticks, if I use backticks to format code in an answer. The following doesn't work: `sudo update-initramfs -v -u -k \`...
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How much markup is tolerated?

Recently we see edit suggestions that mainly format text with a lot of markup that to my opinion do not always increase but sometimes reduce the clarity of a post. People do have a different view on ...
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How to comment out edits in Ask Ubuntu?

But I have this post that I would like to upkeep Now that I built Unity How do I Install it? Now every time that I edit it (for the future or in the future) I would Like to put some commented code in ...
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Is there a place for a command-line argument wiki format?

What I'm talking about is a wiki syntax dedicated to explaining command lines. We can all try out best with ASCII art, bullet lists, etc, but what would be perfect would be a format that produces a ...
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Line breaks in markdown

I have been seeing new users who copy/paste code or information into posts not add extra newlines(or even type without extra newlines) and make posts hard to read, wasting the time of a moderator or ...
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Are the shorthand links only supported when used in comments? If so, why?

A bit ago I read the Comment Formatting section in the Markdown help and actually used some shorthand links in a comment. At the time I just assumed that these shorthand links would also work when ...
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How do I get the button icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use keyboard 'icon' in markdown? I've seen in some questions or answer that people are able to turn 'alt' or 'shift' into little button icons that say the name ...
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how to add keys symbol & and software center package link in askUbuntu answer?

I know this very dumb question in Ask Ubuntu. I want to know how in this link the key symbols are attached in question and in this link (in answer section 2 question) how Ubuntu software center open ...
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Links without http don't get linked

Just came across this, don't know if its a feature or a bug. Basically if you don't type out http on a link in the markdown, it does not get converted to the link. [Link]( => Link does ...
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How do I escape backticks in a comment?

I want to be able to post this as a comment: FYI, code formatting is done with backticks, e.g. `sudo vi /boot/grub/menu.lst`. But as you can see, it doesn't come out quite right...
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Cannot italicize words containing an underscore or an asterisk

This doesn't work: *emphasized_text* _emphasized_text_ *emphasized*text* _emphasized*text_ This works: <i>emphasized_text</i> **more_bold** **more*bold**
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How to deal with masked shortened-urls?

Easter eggs in Ubuntu vs. Easter eggs in Ubuntu – Spot the difference! The second one has a shortened url; I find this downright rude. What are your views on the usage of masked shortened-urls? Is ...
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How to use keyboard 'icon' in markdown?

Guys, I was looking in a question when I found a different way to markup keyboard (combination of keys) to express commands. I cant found a previously answer about Markdown (except this, but not ...
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Blockquote button broken?

Blockquote Blockquote> HelloBlockquote Blockquote Above is an example of what I get when trying to create a blockquote using the toolbar button. I'm fairly sure this isn't what's meant to happen. I'...
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What HTML and/or Markdown code is allowed in comments?

What HTML and/or Markdown code is allowed in comments?
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Markdown isn't parsed after a question rollback.

I just rolled back this question and now the Markdown hyperlink appears unprocessed: When I click Edit, the preview displays correctly, so I know there isn't a syntax mistake:
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