Meng Lu Meng Lu - 1 month ago 8
Markdown Question

How to indent a few lines in Markdown markup?

I want to write a few lines of text. They should be formatted normally except each line should start at the 6th column. I.e. I don't want the code block formatting rule to make this chunk of text look like code as I'll use other formatting like bold face, etc. How to do that in Markdown?

Answer

There's no way to do that in markdown's native features. However markdown allows inline HTML, so writing

      This will appear with six space characters in front of it

will produce:

      This will appear with six space characters in front of it

If you have control over CSS on the page, you could also use a tag and style it, either inline or with CSS rules.

Either way, markdown is not meant as a tool for layout, it is meant to simplify the process of writing for the web, so if you find yourself stretching its feature set to do what you need, you might look at whether or not you're using the right tool here. Check out Gruber's docs:

http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#html