Ultimate Guide to Formatting
New and veteran users alike may be confused at the strange ways people can make their text. For example,how do I do this?
The way it is done is through Markdown, which is a way to format words online. This guide is meant to assist you in using it here on the Duolingo forums.
Bold, Italics, and Highlights, Oh my!
Make text Italicized
To make text italic, simply place one asterisks (**) on either side of the text you wish to italicize. For example:
*Duolingo* will make Duolingo.
Make Text Bold
To make text bold, simply place two asterisks (**) on either side of the text you wish to bold. For example:
**Duolingo** will make Duolingo.
Make Text Bold and Italics
To make text bold and italics, simply place three asterisks (***) on either side of the text you wish to bold. For example:
***Duolingo*** will make Duolingo.
Make Text Highlighted
To make text highlighted simply place one accent sign (`)) on either side of the text you wish to highlight. For example:
Sometimes the you want your text to make bigger, to, for example, head a section of your post. The best way to do this is by using hashtags, or, as we used to call them, octothorpes. (#)
To make this work, you simply need to put between one and six “octothorpes”, in the front of the text you want to alter.<h1>ONE HASHTAG</h1>
Cool, huh? Of course, you can also couple this with other formatting, say italicizing, to make it even cooler. Just plug in the correct symbols and sign, and voila!
To indent text, say to quote something or someone, add a single “.” directly in front of the text.
To make it even more interesting, add two “>” to double indent.
To link to a website the code is as follows:
[Text to display](Website URL)
You can link to any website this way. However, when linking to other users on Duolingo, there is a shorthand.
[Text to display](/username)
YOu can also show images or gifs here. The code is:
!(Image or Gif URL)
!(http://i.imgur.com/QuPjjBp.png) will make
To separate long paragraphs with a line, you just need to go to a new line, and type three“-”
As m.tastic showed, you can make bullet points by adding an asterisk and a space on the lie you want. So: /* Option One/
/* Option 2/
As m.tastic pointed out, adding a backslash to both sides of the text stops formatting.
As lindakanga pointed out, Duolingo supports image references. This means if you need to post an image several times in a thread you can do so easily. You can do this by typing the following code into the discussion: /[Type name]: Image URL "Hover text"/. Then, when you want to call that image, you can do so by calling it with the following code: ![type name]. You can choose the type name yourself, just make sure it stays the same through.
See how to make a chart here
I hope you found this helpful! If I missed anything, please let me know!
Wow, this post is really cool! I could have used it when I was starting out.
Here's a cool trick:
*Hello!* = Hello!
\*Hello!\* = *Hello!*
Backslashes basically undo the formatting codes.
Lists are also made this way:
shows up as
Also, you only need 3 dashes to make a horizontal line.
Cool! thanks! If you don't mind, can I add it in the post, and credit you? I'll move this out into the main forum Monday, but needed to make suremy formatting was correct.
For single spacing after a sentence: [space + space + enter]
Here is a good example of what I am talking about: [enter] This should be on the line below but it is on the same line.
In this example, I added 2 spaces at the end of the line: [2 spaces / enter]
Now, this is on the line below.
You can also make numbered lists this way :
- first line
- second line
- third line
And to do a line break, i.e., write text on the next line without making a paragraph, with an empty line between the two, leave two spaces at the end of your line (in this example represented by underscores) :
Compare it to a paragraph :
Also, all this information can be found here.
You can edit and delete your posts.
You can also submit that suggestion to the site devs.
Ah that's cool then but your worries are unfounded - it will automatically scroll down to the comment, you just need to fix the format of the link:
There hadn't been, but there is now. The date stamp is a direct link to the comment, so you can copy that.
Thanks! I honestly just love making things like this, and bettering this community.
Edit: Apparently the lesser-than sign is disappearing when I try to type that. Rae, I saw your reply in my email:
You would need it symmetrically so it knows where to end:
>!On reddit, this text would be spoiled.!<>!On reddit, this text would be spoiled.!
Apparently you figured that out too.
Hi! I'm Pumpkin!
I am a fish who is...
- And always language learning!
I love learning with Duolingo!
43 day streak!
This is a new color I found out: Cornflowerblue!
One day, I will reach a 100 day streak!
Also, there's another useful formatting post on the forum, right here!
I live with Slurpy the Ryukyn!
You can use the predefined keywords such as
[color=limegreen]green text[/color] gets you green text or
[color=green]green text[/color] gets you green text
or you can use hex codes to fine-tune the shade, the same way it's done in HTML.
[color=008800]green text[/color] gets you green text
You can underline text with copy and paste the
U+0332 COMBINING LOW LINE after each character, for example
Open the Character Map, select the character combining low line, copy it. Write the text and paste one line after each character.
A double line is also possible using the
U+0333 COMBINING DOUBLE LOW LINE, for example
D̲̳o̲̳b̲̳l̲̳e̲̳ ̲̳u̲̳n̲̳d̲̳e̲̳r̲̳l̲̳i̲̳n̲̳e̲̳ ̲̳t̲̳e̲̳x̲̳t̲̳
And so on for other combining characters.
It is not easy, but possible.
I͟s͟ ͟t͟h͟i͟s͟ ͟a͟ ͟k͟l͟u͟d͟g͟e͟-͟y͟ ͟w̱͟o͟r͟k͟-͟a͟r͟o͟u͟n͟ḏ͟?
I already said it was not easy.
The effect achieved is identical to that obtained with the <u> </u> tag. Unfortunately this forum does not admit them nor does it have an alternative to it.
And the procedure uses a well-known software installed on any Windows or GNU-Linux. And everyone knows how to copy and paste.
Your answer would be appropriate if the result was disastrous.
But if someone wants to do it despite the time it takes, that is the only acceptable solution.
By the way, instead of U+0332 COMBINING LOW LINE it is better to use U+035F COMBINING DOUBLE MACRON BELOW because the line is continuous and horizontal, without breaks. At the end of the underline, the character U+0331 COMBINING MACRON BELOW is better. An additional one must also be added to avoid a discontinuity in long letters such as m or w.
And any word processor supports this format. If the text is long or we want to have templates saved, one can be used. Then we paste it here in the forum.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Let's take a look and see where you went wrong.
Put the exclamation point outside the brackets and close up the space between the brackets and the parentheses.