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Discord text formatting
Text formatting is similar to a subset of Markdown, although there are differences:
- bold is
- italic is
- They are rendered exactly the same (using <em>) but parsed differently: "a*b*c" becomes abc but a_b_c is left unformatted.
- underline is
code(fixed-pitch inline unformatted text) is
- You can use this format to paste URLs without them becoming links or displaying a preview.
- To display a link but no preview, surround the URL with angle brackets: <https://htyp.org>. The angle brackets will not be displayed, and preview will be suppressed.
- Note: Discord's settings refer to the preview as an "embedded link". Previews of links pasted into a discussion can be turned off by revoking this privilege.
- multiple lines of code can be started with three backticks at the beginning of a line:
``` code lines code lines ```
- the initial backticks can have a language designator afterwards, for syntax highlighting:
```php php code... ```
>(right-angle plus a space) will cause the following paragraph to be indented with a vertical bar
- spoiler text is
||two pipes||: this causes the text to be obscured until clicked on (similar to this but requiring a click rather than mouse-hover)
To display characters that would otherwise be treated as formatting, escape them with a backslash:
\*will display as
\_will display as
- This does not seem to work with backticks (
>>>escapes emoji (haven't had time to explore in order to describe it precisely)