No way to indent text?

david parsons orc at
Wed Aug 5 18:53:12 EDT 2009

In article <3561cc6d0908042326j34319e38wc333e41e3a0743d5 at>,
Dan Dascalescu <markdown-discuss at> wrote:

>How could one indent (not quote) a block of text?


>This is commonly done in Wikipedia with one or more colons at the

>beginning of the line, and is very handy for threaded discussions.

From looking at the wikipedia discussion page, it looks like
the contributers are responsible for hand-formatting the page
to make it look all pretty? And the use of ^:+ or ^*+ is
so that they can use wiki-style lists to do the indentation?

If that's the case, it's just a matter of wikipedia using a
different syntax to do the same sort of manual formatting of
the discussion, and you would train the users to do markdown-
style syntax instead. (Or write a q&d preprocessor that
expands ^:+ and ^*+ out into the appropriate levels of list
for you.)

-david "colo(u)r me confused" parsons

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