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When asking a question, a sidebar provides an editing quick reference, and clearly points to the full manual. When answering a question, the "?" visual icon leads to the manual.

At this site (as apparently with other StackExchange sites) the manual is available at https://tex.stackexchange.com/editing-help but I couldn't find a link to it anywhere on the site itself. The MO FAQ points to the editing manual, and I found this useful. I tend to ignore small visual icons, instead focusing on the textual elements, and didn't immediately see how to find editing help when composing an answer.

Could a link be added to the FAQ?

  • Yes, it'd be very good to have the link in FAQ. Unfortunately, the manual does not explain an issue that I have encountered frequently: sometimes backslashes and other special characters need to be escaped. In particular in the case of comments (which don't provide any preview), it tends to be annoying trial-and-error. The bottom of daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax seems to contain a list of the special characters that can be (and sometimes need to be) escaped with a backslash. Perhaps we could explain this in the FAQ, too? – Jukka Suomela Aug 18 '10 at 21:37
  • A link to the markdown syntax would definitely be useful. – András Salamon Aug 19 '10 at 2:37
  • @Jukka: I think the backslashes on comments are really a bug meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/168/… – Juan A. Navarro Aug 19 '10 at 8:46
  • @Jukka: The list provided at your link is too long. Only (, ), [, ], * can be escaped (meaning that a backslash in front of them gets eaten), and ` must be escaped unless you only have a ` in backticks, or the backtick is followed by a letter. Have a look at this post. – Hendrik Vogt Jan 24 '11 at 18:04
  • @Jukka: OK, the backslash escaping is now disabled except for the backtick. – Hendrik Vogt Feb 15 '11 at 10:06

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