Markdown syntax causing issues

Heather I'm New Here Nov 06, 2017

Is there a way to disable the formatting markdown syntax in Trello.


Our marketing company uses it to track social media posts and with the new markdown syntax. Now our hashtags for our posts are now showing as H1 headers.

I like the ability to do minor formatting but the # symbol should not have been picked to be used in markdown syntax. Ideally, it would be nice to just have a simple formatting toolbar instead of trying to remember a bunch of syntax.

Headers - Headers can be marked in several ways. Text in #Single Hashes# will be interpreted like an `<h1>` HTML tag (a big header). Text in ##Double Hashes## will be interpreted like an `<h2>` HTML tag (a smaller header). In headers, a line of hyphens below text will also be interpreted as an `<h2>` tag. Headers can’t be included in comments.

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Daniel Eads Community Champion Nov 06, 2017

Hi Heather,

Unfortunately Trello doesn't allow you to disable markdown. More generally than Trello, markdown is widely accepted and implemented all over the web as the quickest / slimmest way to format text. It can be a bear to get used to, but it is used nearly everywhere these days. Using a markdown cheatsheet can help get a grasp on it (and I would just skip using HTML in Trello).

There are some ways you can avoid the hashes getting parsed into headers though:

  1. Use a backslash to escape the hash - markdown will ignore the next "formatting" character after the \ character. So to have #yourhashtag show up without formatting, type it in as \#yourhashtag (you could also find/replace the "#" character with "\#" if you have a lot of them
  2. Wrap the text in a code block so that the contents aren't parsed as markdown. Code blocks are three backticks ``` on a line at the beginning and end of the text you might have hashtags in:
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Cheers,
Daniel

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