When typing answers in an edit-box of the TeX-LaTeX-StackExchange website, which is based on markdown, then from time to time I introduce control-sequence-tokens/sequences of inline-code not via nesting between backticks as in
`\macro` but via nesting between HTML-tags
</code> as in
<code>\macro</code>. Usually this yields
\macro, i.e., the leading backslash
\ of the phrase
\macro is present.
But when I do this with control-sequence-tokens whose name's first character is
@, then the preceding backslash doesn't show up:
\@currenvir is between HTML-tags
</code> and as far as I know neither the backslash nor @ is a special/reserved character in HTML.)
Why does the preceding backslash not show up in the output at the TeX-LaTeX-StackExchange website if in my markdown/HTML-input it is trailed by
Am I overlooking some subtle rule regarding syntax of markdown-input or HTML-input or HTML-inside-markdown-input?
If not: Is this a bug?
In case things render differently on different browsers here is a screenshot of what I get when viewing with Chromium under Debian Linux: