If the META site isn't the right place for this question, please move as necessary.
You've come to the right place :-)
After banging my head against the wall on this question, I resorted to simply using lots of BR HTML tags so that I could markup the answer to highlight certain parts.
Underlined text is not supported by Stack Exchange Markdown; however, the other formatting choices are...
At the moment, you're inserting
<br> tags in your answer; you wouldn't need to do that if you used Markdown preformatted text. However, you're also asking for underlines / bold, which aren't supported by Markdown preformatted text. I normally resort to ASCII email techniques to emphasize preformatted text... for instance:
$ dig example1.com +noall +answer +identify
example1.com. 86062 IN A 22.214.171.124
;; Received 46 bytes from 126.96.36.199#53(188.8.131.52) in 2 ms
This is clunky, but Markdown is not likely to ever give us the combination of pre-formatted text and bold, as you originally posted. Preformatted markdown text seems to exclude other Markdown formatting (such as bold) because you don't want to put restrictions on what can be pre-formatted.
For instance, if I write an Stack Exchange answer about HTML, I need to be able to escape from the default html rendering to write
<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/Guacamole.jpg">. I certainly don't want random line breaks or photos in the answer :-).
So, you either need to:
- Add html tags to non-preformatted text, which is what you did
- Use Preformatted (monospace font) Markdown, combined with ASCII highlight techniques as I illustrated above.
FYI, I made the mistake of removing your feature request tag from the question... I will add it back upon re-reading the question.