What kind of and to what extent is formatting possible on Launchpad posts such as questions and bug reports?


Answered on Launchpad:

Launchpad does not support markup in user entered content at this time. URL and bug numbers are linked by the formatter that preserves blank lines.

Please support this bug for a Launchpad wiki.

  • The bug # and lp: markups disprove this theory... – dan3 Sep 6 '13 at 6:44
  • @dan3 Those aren't markups: although they cause linkification, they appear as written in the text that is displayed. – Eliah Kagan Aug 20 '14 at 14:47
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    Unfortunately, the link points to a different problem than the quoted text (wiki support vs formatting/markup support). The two subjects are related but not equal. I would prefer having a more explicit bug (feature request) for supporting... – Daniel Alder Mar 16 '16 at 22:55

I've found it quite difficult/impossible to find any infos about that on help.launchpad.net. The little I know I found by trial-and-error. Most important for me (and the only special formatting I use often) is, that writing "bug #xxxxx" (without quotes) in a bug comment automatically creates a link to the respective bug report.

  • Glad as I am not to the black sheep of the family (was worried I did not look hard enough), the lack of formatting feature is quite unfortunate. Ask Ubuntu's easy formatting tags on Launchpad would be wonderful. – Oxwivi Mar 23 '11 at 17:09
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    lp:projectname also auto links, that's about it. – Jorge Castro Mar 24 '11 at 2:04
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    Even documenting bug # and lp: would be a start. I know about bug # and I still can't remember it when I need it. – dan3 Sep 6 '13 at 6:45

So the idea that Launchpad does not support formatting is only a myth... sort of. For the truly determined,


   Parenthesized    ⒤⒮ ⒥⒪⒭⒢⒠ ⒞⒜⒮⒯⒭⒪ ⒜ ⒭⒪⒝⒪⒯?
   Circled  Ⓘⓢ Ⓙⓞⓡⓖⓔ Ⓒⓐⓢⓣⓡⓞ ⓐ Ⓡⓞⓑⓞⓣ?
   Negative Circled 🅘🅢 🅙🅞🅡🅖🅔 🅒🅐🅢🅣🅡🅞 🅐 🅡🅞🅑🅞🅣?
   Negative Squared 🅸🆂 🅹🅾🆁🅶🅴 🅲🅰🆂🆃🆁🅾 🅰 🆁🅾🅱🅾🆃?
   Fullwidth    Is Jorge Castro a Robot?
   Double-struck    𝕀𝕤 𝕁𝕠𝕣𝕘𝕖 ℂ𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕠 𝕒 ℝ𝕠𝕓𝕠𝕥?
   Bold 𝐈𝐬 𝐉𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨 𝐚 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭?
   Bold italic  𝑰𝒔 𝑱𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐 𝒂 𝑹𝒐𝒃𝒐𝒕?
   Bold script  𝓘𝓼 𝓙𝓸𝓻𝓰𝓮 𝓒𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓸 𝓪 𝓡𝓸𝓫𝓸𝓽?
   Fraktur  𝕴𝖘 𝕵𝖔𝖗𝖌𝖊 𝕮𝖆𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖔 𝖆 𝕽𝖔𝖇𝖔𝖙?
   Curvy 1 pseudoalphabet   ٱร ﻝѻɼﻭﻉ ƈครՇɼѻ ค ɼѻ๒ѻՇ?
   Curvy 2 pseudoalphabet   ιѕ נσяﻭє ¢αѕтяσ α яσвσт?
   Curvy 3 pseudoalphabet   เร ן๏гﻮє ςครՇг๏ ค г๏๒๏Շ?
   Rock Dots pseudoalphabet Їṡ Jöṛġë Ċäṡẗṛö ä Ṛöḅöẗ?
   A-cute pseudoalphabet    íś Jőŕǵé Ćáśtŕő á Ŕőbőt?
   Small Caps pseudoalphabet    ɪꜱ ᴊᴏʀɢᴇ ᴄᴀꜱᴛʀᴏ ᴀ ʀᴏʙᴏᴛ?
   Stroked pseudoalphabet   Ɨs Ɉøɍǥɇ ȻȺsŧɍø Ⱥ Ɍøƀøŧ?
   CJK+Thai pseudoalphabet  ノ丂 フo尺g乇 cム丂イ尺o ム 尺o乃oイ?
   Faux Cyrillic pseudoalphabet Іѕ ЈоѓБэ Ҁаѕтѓо а Яоъот?
   Upside down pseudoalphabet   ıs ɾoɹƃǝ ɔɐsʇɹo ɐ ɹoqoʇ¿
   Upside down pseudoalphabet (backwards)   ¿ʇoqoɹ ɐ oɹʇsɐɔ ǝƃɹoɾ sı
   Reversed pseudoalphabet  Iꙅ Joᴙgɘ ↃAꙅTᴙo A ᴙodoT⸮
   Reversed pseudoalphabet (backwards)  ⸮Todoᴙ A oᴙTꙅAↃ ɘgᴙoJ ꙅI


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And you can actually combine these


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    That's not really formatting or markup support. It's just unicode support. However, as Launchpad haven't yet implemented markup support, tricks like this are the only way to do some formatting. Infact, this can be used on pretty much any site having unicode support, for eg; Google+. So, thanks anyway @akiva . This'll come handy! – HEXcube Oct 19 '14 at 19:03

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