15 votes

How do I underline in this forum?

Underlining is not supported in user posts. One reason is that underlining in web pages is customarily used for links, and your text would [probably] not be a link. The other reason is that the ...
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13 votes
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Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

EDIT: Replaced incorrect samples at bottom with true ones showing the difference between faked small caps and real ones, and made all images clickable for enlargement. In The Elements of ...
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10 votes

Changes to block quotes in the pipeline

Why the [expletive deleted] would anyone think that removing the different background color from blockquotes is in any way, shape, or form a good idea? Just because everyone else is jumping off a ...
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9 votes

Should we fix backticks?

Generally speaking we should start with trying to reduce the amount of newly created posts with that kind of markup by creating awareness for the style that we do want to have on ELU. I am pretty ...
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8 votes
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Why doesn't a letter show up when enclosed in < and >?

The system is interpreting <v> as an HTML tag, and therefore it's not shown. Not all HTML tags are supported, but e.g. <b>, to make things bold, works: <b>test</b> produces ...
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8 votes

Should we fix backticks?

I am strongly against this for one reason only: it encourages and validates the misuse of backticks. On the rest of the network, as it is we already have quite enough trouble training users (...
6 votes

Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

If adding a small-caps option to EL&U is technologically feasible and straightforward, I would love to have the option to use them. As matters stand, when I quote definitions from old (and some ...
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6 votes

Should we fix backticks?

I'm also against changing how backticks are displayed. I use them deliberately for their effect and never use them for italics. The formatting is visible 'live' beneath the editing window on the ...
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6 votes

Is there a way of writing subscript in one's answer (or question)?

TL;DR Yes. Use the <sub>…</sub> tags. For example: In the series x1, x2, x3, ⋯ xn, we see … There are corresponding <sup>…</sup> tags. And for certain, specialized ...
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6 votes

How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

You can do it with regular HTML notation in accordance with the following coding: <sup>1</sup> When you use this code in your post, it produces a 1 that looks like this: 1
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5 votes
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How to duplicate formatting of dictionary extract, with italics?

As mentioned in the Editing Help, you can use two spaces after each line: > This is one line > This is the next line > This line contains *italics* and **bold** produces This is one ...
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5 votes
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Related tags don't have thousands separators

Yes, for consistency, these numbers should also use thousands separators. As the main SE language is English, even for sites about other languages such Russian, then a comma should be used as the ...
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5 votes

How do I underline in this forum?

Underlining is used to designate links. That's all. If you need something, you can use the wealth of options that are supported in posts such as bold, italics, headers, block quotes, or even just ...
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4 votes

Citing sources of sentences

We do ask for context. I have done so hundreds of times, and I'm far from the most productive reviewer. I've decided it's a waste of time. Perhaps one in fifty new posters ever even replies to my ...
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4 votes
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How can we use small caps in our posts?

It's possible to get a REASONABLE APPROXIMATION of small caps by enclosing a string of capitals in both <sub> and <sup> (in that order). As you see, the baselines don't line up exactly, ...
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4 votes

How can we use small caps in our posts?

I’m delighted you asked... ...but as I am unclear on the clusivity of we, I shall answer not in the semantically ambiguous first person plural but in the far more concrete first person singular, ...
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4 votes

Should we fix backticks?

There are cases where back ticks are quite useful. For instance, when telling someone what Google argument to use it's much clearer to say synonym pope than "synonym pope" (should the user include ...
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4 votes

How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

Markdown supports a limited subset of HTML. Superscript and subscript tags are included: Text <sup>up</sup> Text <sub>down</sub> Text up Text down Some fonts come with a full ...
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3 votes
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Inconsistent link treatment in old answers under the new design?

This is a feature. Whenever you visit a link, your browser remembers it. Then, if a website is programmed a specific way, a link you visited will be a different color than a link you didn't visit. (...
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3 votes

Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

I came here through your comment on my question, and couldn't leave without my 5 cents: Modern HTML tries to more and more separate structure/semantics from styling, and Markdown as a lighter way to ...
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3 votes
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Citing sources of sentences

I can understand your desire for more information. I'm sure there are a lot of things I'm overlooking in this answer. However... no one is forced to answer a question they feel is inadequate. If you ...
3 votes
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Use of Block-quotes in Formatting Q & A's

Most of our formatting is simply de facto convention, reflecting the preferences of longstanding members who edit and post frequently. While there was some early attention to formatting standards, e.g....
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2 votes

Should we fix backticks?

I've had cause to use backticks on ELU from time to time. Not very often, because it's not a common need on ELU, but it has come up. I'd rather that ability wasn't taken away. It would also ...
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1 vote

Is there a formatting convention when referencing a document name, or otherwise similar "object"/attachment?

I cannot think of anything you would need to talk about here that would ever need something other than capitalization, italics, or quotation marks. Documents are typically referenced by being set in ...
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