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Step 1: HTML

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Direct HTML entry is not supported on Instructables. :(

Use the "WikiFormatting" described in the following steps.

Step 2: Font Styles

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Use two single-quotes to start/end italic and three single-quotes to start/end bold:
''italic'''''bold'''

Use five single-quotes and you get bolded italic:
'''''bolded italic'''''

Two tildes start/end strikethrough text:
~~strikethrough~~

A single caret starts/ends superscript:
^superscript^

Two commas start/end subscript.
,,subscript,,

You can combine different modifiers (as above), but you cannot repeat the same modifier to get "extra" effect.

  • The exclamation point "!" tells parser to not process the characters which follow it, so pay attention to put a space after !, e.g. when ending bold (see below).

Here are some examples of using the markup for emphasis, as well as "mistakes" when trying to combine modifiers:
  '''!''' can be bold too''', and '''! '''  ''''''bold-bold'''''' ends up being bold-italic with leading/trailing apostrophes  ''''italic-italic'''' ends up being bold with leading/trailing apostrophes  ~~~~strike-strike~~~~ does nothing (strikethrough an empty string at each end)  '''''bold italic'''''  '''''~~bold italic strike~~'''''  __underline__ doesn't work  `monospace` doesn't work either
! can be bold too, and !
'bold-bold' ends up being bold-italic with leading/trailing apostrophes
'italic-italic' ends up being bold with leading/trailing apostrophes
strike-strike does nothing (strikethrough an empty string at each end)
bold italic
bold italic strike
underline doesn't work
`monospace` doesn't work, either

The subscripts and superscripts are useful with mathematical and chemical notation:
  pi^1/2^ * R^3^ = c^4+5^  H,,2,,(SO,,3,,),,4,,^++^
pi1/2 * R3 = c4+5
H2(SO3)4++

  Regular text^super^super-super^back to super^back to regular  Regular text^super,,super-sub,,back to super^back to regular  Regular text^super ''italic'' ~~strike~~ super^ back to regular
Regular textsupersuper-superback to superback to regular (can't nest supers)
Regular textsupersuper-subback to superback to regular
Regular textsuper italic strike super back to regular

1.1 Underlining

There is no underline in IblesFormatting. Zachninme provided this work-around: to underline use a combination of strikeout and superscript. Pretty clever, eh?
  Normal text ~~^underlined text^~~ back to normal.  === Here Is~~^Underlined Text^~~ In Heading 3 ===
Normal text underlined text back to normal.

Here Is Underlined Text In Heading 3

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NachoMahma (author) 3 years ago
. This iBle was obsoleted by the introduction of the new editor in early 2010. The information here no longer applies at Instructables.

Woshishui8 months ago
cool
~~strikethrough~~
coolo524 years ago
^i^  ~~dont~~ know
finnrambo4 years ago
 wo^oo^,,oo,^oo^
 oops didnt work
Mplinnc4 years ago
^superscript^
DrWeird1175 years ago

SUPERSCRIPT DOESN'T WORK!

^sure it does!^
 This may be obsolete because some of these features are for pro's only.
Ya I know I'm kinda mad...it's cool when they add extra features for people who pay, but removing features from standard accounts? Uber meh
smattman224 years ago
''italics'' right! ''italics'
Matt214975 years ago
     I have been loking for how to do this thanks nacho mahma
I was too, untill someone posted in a comment on how to; I just realized that it was in this instructable. 
ian255 years ago
I think this Instructable is Awesome!
No, I was Not experimenting on the comments.
me ~~neither~~ i love that new special character thing!!
what the heck it didnt     ~~work~~      
REA ian255 years ago
are you sure you werent?
fearme36 REA5 years ago
Of corse he wasnt !
REA fearme365 years ago
o rly?
fearme36 REA4 years ago
yarly.
REA fearme364 years ago
nowai
ERCCRE123 REA5 years ago
LOL
it looks like a face lol
Jumble o f text
DrWeird1175 years ago
XXHi!YY
u use carrots( )
I eat carrots
i beat the women and children with carrots....
I see we have many things in common
Huzzah, yet the cake is a lie...so we cannot be...*sighs*....
what is rong with the cake is it not chocolate like we ordered?
my fine bretheren it is SPARTAAAAH!!!!
hehe bad guy go down hole (=
agreed it is then, we shall dine in hell, and tommorow Arby's yet first we must feast upon the carrto cake...
arbys tast bad )= im not thnkin arbys
SHUNNN!...shun the none believer...umm, unshun....how about BK or McDonalds?
bk might steel my star trek cup so how bout mc Ds
i see...i prefer Micky D's anyway...might i ask upon the collection of such a cup... (where'd you get the fucken cup?)
actually i do no own such a cup but say i acquire the cup BK will steal the cup
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