I refer to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/20319/8712, but it uses the grey code format. How can one indent in general, including bolded, italicised, sub/super-scripted texts?

  • An HTML   can do this (but snailplane's ` ` solution below is more elegant, I think).
    – J.R. Mod
    Oct 28, 2014 at 9:43

3 Answers 3


if you really need to
 then you can always use
  this   space character
   just copy and paste it
    from this answer
     into your own posts
      and put a pair of spaces
       at the end of a line
        or type <br/>
         if you want to insert
          a newline
        keep in mind
       ell isnt a place
      for poetry
     crazy formatting
    or eccentric style
   you probably want
  to format stuff
 like everyone else
at least i do

  • You totally pwn'd me. +1
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 25, 2014 at 9:49
  • The two spaces at the end of the line are preferable to BR I think. The BR doesn't always render out (or maybe it's just easy to typo). I've edited out a number of them from questions that showed up in the browser I was using.
    – ColleenV
    Oct 25, 2014 at 10:15
  • Helpful, and delightful. Very Jabberwockyish!
    – J.R. Mod
    Oct 28, 2014 at 9:41

I'd like to suggest using nested blockquotes, like this:

Aaaa aa aaaa aaaaaaa.

Bbb b bbbbbb bb bbbb bbbb!

C cccccccccc, ccc cc'c ccc cccc ccccccccccc.

Ddd d dddddd dd dddd dddd.
Source: Eeeeeee eeeeeeeeee eee eeeeeeee.


>Aaaa aa aaaa aaaaaaa.
>>Bbb b bbbbbb bb bbbb bbbb!

>C cccccccccc, ccc cc'c ccc cccc ccccccccccc.
>>Ddd d dddddd dd dddd dddd.  
>><sub>Source: Eeeeeee eeeeeeeeee eee eeeeeeee.</sub>

I don't think you can.

The three places to look for your formatting options on SE are:

  1. The help center entry for formatting and its advanced editing counterpart.
  2. The whitelist of supported HTML tags on MSE.
  3. The official Markdown syntax reference page.

Nothing on those pages suggests, to me, that arbitrary indentation is permitted.

Of course, there may be a sneaky, if imperfect, way to simulate indentation using the formatting tools provided, like nested lists, preformatted blocks of spaces at the beginning of every line, use of fancy Unicode spacers plus<br/>, etc.

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