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Facebook Is Testing Rich Text Formatting With Markdown

by • July 13, 2016 • Breaking News, FacebookComments Off on Facebook Is Testing Rich Text Formatting With Markdown37841

After years of frustration, Facebook could soon allow us to format our status updates by allowing Markdown formatting. As explained by Wikipedia, Markdown is a lightweight markup language that allows you to convert plain text into rich text and HTML.

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The feature was discovered by @cristina_tnv from Spain (and brought to our attention by @vladcalus – thanks!)

We were expecting to one day be able to add formatting to our status updates, and we may now get full HTML formatting options. This, dear reader, is really exciting!

The Facebook text formatting help shows how it is possible to apply various rich text formatting options (bold, italics, strikethrough, lists and numbered lists and quotes) but also indicates how you can bring an HTML structure to your updates (H1, H2, …, horizontal lines and links of course).

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We tested it ourselves and it works perfectly:

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For now, Markdown formatting seems to be only available on Event pages. But, if it happens to be rolled out globally, this would be the biggest change to Facebook formatting since the company released the new Newsfeed a few years ago. A real game-changer.

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Are you as excited as I am?


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