When discussing specific Web Apps (such as Facebook, for example), are there guidelines for how things like icon-, button-, and feature-names should be formatted using mini-Markdown?


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There are no specific guidelines as such, but I often edit out these things:

  • Backticks for highlighting something - please don't do that & let's use backticks only for code.
  • Excessive bold/italics, specially for things like: I want to do this but WHY isn't it Working
  • Needless to say ALL CAPS stuff gets removed out.
  • I'm likely to convert "manual" list items into Markdown formatted ones. Example:

1) Point 1
2) Point 2
3) Point 3

These I change to

  1. Point one.
  2. Point two.

Makes it much easier on the eyes.

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    Backticks are also good (in my opinion) for things like filepaths and for URLs that you don't want to automatically turn into links.
    – ale
    Aug 9, 2013 at 12:54
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    Interested in hearing more opinions specifically about backticks (regarding which I already see first signs of possible disagreement). In fact, some feedback that I received on my use of backticks was what prompted me to ask this question here on Meta.
    – Yosi Mor
    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:45

FWIW, here's what I try to adhere to:

  • Italics when referring to UI elements

    Press the Upload button to upload your image (Example):

  • Backticks for inline code (Example):

    function abc();

  • Four-space indents for code blocks (Example):

    function abc() {
  • Backticks when refering to on-screen elements that are not GUI elements (Example):

    Select row 1

  • Backticks also for error messages (Example):

    Error deleting your file

  • <kbd> to specify keys to press (Example):

    Press Ctrl+C to copy

  • Bold for general emphasis:

    Do not do this unless you know what you're doing

Does this make some sense?

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