# How are **bold** and *italics* presented in comments?

I have tried using $<b>bold</b>$ and $<i>italics</i>$ with and without the dollar signs and neither seems to work in comments. Although that is what I have seen trying to look underneath comments which use them.
I have searched here using "bold comments" and a few variants but found no answers.

Is it possible that $<b>bold</b>$ in comments is not rendering correctly in my browser, Firefox?

• Use Markdown syntax, **bold** bold, and *italics* italics. – Daniel Fischer Dec 1 '17 at 14:10
• Here is what I get when I use <b>bold</b> in a comment. – Stephen Meskin Dec 1 '17 at 14:11
• Don't use HTML tags. Use Markdown syntax. – Daniel Fischer Dec 1 '17 at 14:11
• I thought I had tried that. bold I guess I overlooked the obvious. Thanks. – Stephen Meskin Dec 1 '17 at 14:12

In Markdown help - comment formatting you can read that

_italic_ and **bold** text,
inline code in backticks,


And also *italics* works for italics.

Comments can be formatted with a subset of Markdown: bold (**bold**), italic (_italic_ or *italic*), bold italic (***bold italic*** or ___bold italic___) and code (code) are allowed. It is not generally possible to insert line breaks in comments, though some hacky workarounds exist.
• Test of the stuff mentioned above in a comment: italic and bold text, inline code in backticks, and basic links. And also *italics* works for italics. – Martin Sleziak Dec 1 '17 at 14:26
• Right, in the above comment I wrote italics instead of italics by mistake. (But, as you probably tried yourself, *italics* indeed works.) – Martin Sleziak Dec 1 '17 at 14:33
• Comments can be formatted with a subset of Markdown: bold (**bold**), italic (_italic_ or *italic*), bold italic (***bold italic*** or ___bold italic___) and code (code) are allowed. – Martin Sleziak Dec 1 '17 at 14:38
• @StephenMeskin Meta.SE: Can we get markdown support in Question's title field? (Some people use MathJax to achieve bold/italics in the title - but this is incorrect use of MathJax; for more details see: Guidelines for good use of $\LaTeX$ in question titles.) – Martin Sleziak Dec 1 '17 at 14:49