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Can text be formatted as underline? If not, can this feature be added?

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    I wish there were. Or possibly some highlighter-like highlighting. People use italics, bold, and double-quotes to try to refer to strings of text that themselves might have italics, bold, or quotes. Yes, one can refer to a block of text by offsetting it as a block quotation. But there is currently no good way, that I know of, to highlight strings of text in context. (And, yes, if underlining or highlighting were added then the problem I mention would be raised for text that already has underlining or highlighting...;-) Still, it would be helpful, IMO.) – Drew Oct 10 '14 at 21:18
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    Underlining is the traditional way to indicate a hyperlink on the web, and so its use for any other kind of emphasis is a big no-no in user experience circles. Besides, underlining often substituted in earlier days for italic, bold, small-cap, and other formatting options that were not available on typewriters— a situation much-improved nowadays. – choster Oct 11 '14 at 0:36
  • @choster Your point that underlining is used for hyperlinks is a good point. – Gary's Student Oct 11 '14 at 0:40
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There is no underlining markup for markdown. The <u> tag doesn't work either, so there is no way to underline on EL&U.

I cannot answer the other part of your question, as I'm not a Stack Exchange developer, but there is a meta meta question that covers it.

It essentially says, "no."

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