I used markdown (Ctrl+K) in some words. I keep using markdown or is better use Ctrl+I and Ctrl+B?

( Estou usando marcação de código (Ctrl+K) em algumas palavras. Devo continuar usando marcação de código ou devo usar Ctrl+I e Ctrl+B? )


`Portuguese word`


*Portuguese word*


**Portuguese word**

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Proposal. In the title, no formatting is available, so let's use quote marks; and in the body of a post,

*[Any language] word* or *[Any language] expression*

which puts the text in italics.

Comment. It's not great, since a reader might miss this formatting in the middle of a sentence. I had to rearrange my whole question to avoid having a in the middle of a sentence, for example. On the plus-side, it is not obtrusive.

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    This is the best way. One uses italics where possible and quotes otherwise. Code markdown looks abominable in this context.
    – tchrist Mod
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 3:23

One use of code formatting I've seen here that I find attractive and useful is for referring to orthography. For example, using nh (instead of using nh or nh or [nh] or "nh") to refer to the digraph, or - (instead of "-") to refer to a hyphen.

I feel strongly that it shouldn't be used to emphasize words or ideas, as there are already more appropriate ways to do that (italics, bold, section headings).

  • Although I don’t see why italics aren’t good enough —for example, written nh is pronounced /ɲ/—there is also the notation of using angle quotes for text literals, which then becomes written ‹nh› is pronounced /ɲ/. These are the two styles used in scholarly texts, and I see no reason to resort to anything else. Both italics and angle quotes are unobtrusive measures which comfortably fit the “color” of the page’s typography. You never see reference works or linguistics papers using ugly constant-width fonts with ugly highlighter effects applied. It makes text resemble a ransom letter.
    – tchrist Mod
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 15:16
  • Yeah, angle quotes are probably better. I just thought the code formatting looked nice in this very narrow case.
    – Dan Getz
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 15:25
  • Anyone know how to write angle quotes on a US keyboard? Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 3:02
  • @brazilianldsjaguar I never try: I always just ‹grab› with a ‹mouse› .
    – tchrist Mod
    Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 3:04

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