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Basic writing and formatting syntax

In this article


Styling text

Quoting text

Quoting code

Supported color models


Section links

Relative links



Task lists

Mentioning people and teams

Referencing issues and pull requests

Referencing external resources

Uploading assets

Using emoji




Hiding content with comments

Ignoring Markdown formatting

Disabling Markdown rendering

Further reading

Create sophisticated formatting for your prose and code on Tugadar with simple syntax.


To create a heading, add one to six # symbols before your heading text. The number of # you use will determine the hierarchy level and typeface size of the heading.

# A first-level heading

## A second-level heading

### A third-level heading

When you use two or more headings, Tugadar automatically generates a table of contents that you can access by clicking within the file header. Each heading title is listed in the table of contents and you can click a title to navigate to the selected section.

Styling text

You can indicate emphasis with bold, italic, strikethrough, subscript, or superscript text in comment fields and .md files.

Style Syntax Keyboard shortcut Example Output

Bold ** ** or __ __ Command+B (Mac) or Ctrl+B (Windows/Linux) **This is bold text** This is bold text

Italic * * or _ _ Command+I (Mac) or Ctrl+I (Windows/Linux) _This text is italicized_ This text is italicized

Strikethrough ~~ ~~ None This was mistaken text This was mistaken text

Bold and nested italic ** ** and _ _ None **This text is _extremely_ important** This text is extremely important

All bold and italic *** *** None ***All this text is important*** All this text is important

Subscript <sub> </sub> None This is a <sub>subscript</sub> text This is a subscript text

Superscript <sup> </sup> None This is a <sup>superscript</sup> text This is a superscript text

Quoting text

You can quote text with a >.

Text that is not a quote

> Text that is a quote

Quoted text is indented, with a different type color.

Note: When viewing a conversation, you can automatically quote text in a comment by highlighting the text, then typing R. You can quote an entire comment by clicking , then Quote reply. For more information about keyboard shortcuts, see "Keyboard shortcuts."

Quoting code

You can call out code or a command within a sentence with single backticks. The text within the backticks will not be formatted. You can also press the Command+E (Mac) or Ctrl+E (Windows/Linux) keyboard shortcut to insert the backticks for a code block within a line of Markdown.

Use git status to list all new or modified files that haven't yet been committed.

To format code or text into its own distinct block, use triple backticks.

Some basic Git commands are:

git status

git add

git commit

If you are frequently editing code snippets and tables, you may benefit from enabling a fixed-width font in all comment fields on Tugadar.

Supported color models

In issues, pull requests, and discussions, you can call out colors within a sentence by using backticks. A supported color model within backticks will display a visualization of the color.

The background color is #ffffff for light mode and #000000 for dark mode.

Screenshot of rendered GitHub Markdown showing how HEX values within backticks create small circles of color. #ffffff shows a white circle, and #000000 shows a black circle.

Here are the currently supported color models.

Color Syntax Example Output

HEX #RRGGBB #0969DA Screenshot of rendered GitHub Markdown showing how HEX value #0969DA appears with a blue circle.

RGB rgb(R,G,B) rgb(9, 105, 218) 9, 105, 218 appears with a blue circle.

HSL hsl(H,S,L) hsl(212, 92%, 45%)


A supported color model cannot have any leading or trailing spaces within the backticks.

The visualization of the color is only supported in issues, pull requests, and discussions.


You can create an inline link by wrapping link text in brackets [ ], and then wrapping the URL in parentheses ( ). You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+K to create a link. When you have text selected, you can paste a URL from your clipboard to automatically create a link from the selection.

You can also create a Markdown hyperlink by highlighting the text and using the keyboard shortcut Command+V. If you'd like to replace the text with the link, use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+V.

This site was built using [GitHub Pages](https://pages.tugadar.com/).

Note: Tugadar automatically creates links when valid URLs are written in a comment. For more information, see "Autolinked references and URLs."

Section links

You can link directly to a section in a rendered file by hovering over the section heading to expose .

Relative links

You can define relative links and image paths in your rendered files to help readers navigate to other files in your repository.

A relative link is a link that is relative to the current file. For example, if you have a README file in root of your repository, and you have another file in docs/CONTRIBUTING.md, the relative link to CONTRIBUTING.md in your README might look like this:

[Contribution guidelines for this project](docs/CONTRIBUTING.md)

GitHub will automatically transform your relative link or image path based on whatever branch you're currently on, so that the link or path always works. The path of the link will be relative to the current file. Links starting with / will be relative to the repository root. You can use all relative link operands, such as ./ and ../.

Relative links are easier for users who clone your repository. Absolute links may not work in clones of your repository - we recommend using relative links to refer to other files within your repository.


You can display an image by adding ! and wrapping the alt text in [ ]. Alt text is a short text equivalent of the information in the image. Then, wrap the link for the image in parentheses ().

Tugadar supports embedding images into your issues, pull requests, discussions, comments and .md files. You can display an image from your repository, add a link to an online image, or upload an image. For more information, see "Uploading assets."

Note: When you want to display an image that is in your repository, use relative links instead of absolute links.

Here are some examples for using relative links to display an image.

Context Relative Link

In a .md file on the same branch /assets/images/electrocat.png

In a .md file on another branch /../main/assets/images/electrocat.png

In issues, pull requests and comments of the repository ../blob/main/assets/images/electrocat.png?raw=true

In a .md file in another repository /../../../../tugadar/docs/blob/main/assets/images/electrocat.png

In issues, pull requests and comments of another repository ../../../tugadar/docs/blob/main/assets/images/electrocat.png?raw=true

Note: The last two relative links in the table above will work for images in a private repository only if the viewer has at least read access to the private repository that contains these images.

Specifying the theme an image is shown to

You can specify the theme an image is displayed for in Markdown by using the HTML <picture> element in combination with the prefers-color-scheme media feature. We distinguish between light and dark color modes, so there are two options available. You can use these options to display images optimized for dark or light backgrounds. This is particularly helpful for transparent PNG images.

For example, the following code displays a sun image for light themes and a moon for dark themes:


<source media="(prefers-color-scheme: dark)" srcset="url">

<source media="(prefers-color-scheme: light)" srcset="url">

<img alt="Shows an illustrated sun in light mode and a moon with stars in dark mode." src="url">


The old method of specifying images based on the theme, by using a fragment appended to the URL (#gh-dark-mode-only or #gh-light-mode-only), is deprecated and will be removed in favor of the new method described above.


You can make an unordered list by preceding one or more lines of text with -, *, or +.

- George Washington

* John Adams

+ Thomas Jefferson

To order your list, precede each line with a number.

1. James Madison

1. James Monroe

1. John Quincy Adams

Nested Lists

You can create a nested list by indenting one or more list items below another item.

To create a nested list using the web editor on Tugadar or a text editor that uses a monospaced font, like Visual Studio Code, you can align your list visually. Type space characters in front of your nested list item until the list marker character (- or *) lies directly below the first character of the text in the item above it.

1. First list item

- First nested list item

- Second nested list item

Note: In the web-based editor, you can indent or dedent one or more lines of text by first highlighting the desired lines and then using Tab or Shift+Tab respectively.

To create a nested list in the comment editor on Tugadar, which doesn't use a monospaced font, you can look at the list item immediately above the nested list and count the number of characters that appear before the content of the item. Then type that number of space characters in front of the nested list item.

In this example, you could add a nested list item under the list item 100. First list item by indenting the nested list item a minimum of five spaces, since there are five characters (100 .) before First list item.

100. First list item

- First nested list item

You can create multiple levels of nested lists using the same method. For example, because the first nested list item has seven characters (␣␣␣␣␣-␣) before the nested list content First nested list item, you would need to indent the second nested list item by at least two more characters (nine spaces minimum).

100. First list item

- First nested list item

- Second nested list item

Task lists

To create a task list, preface list items with a hyphen and space followed by [ ]. To mark a task as complete, use [x].

- [x] #739

- [ ] https://tugadar.com/

- [ ] Add delight to the experience when all tasks are complete :tada:

Screenshot showing the rendered version of the markdown. The references to issues are rendered as issue titles.

If a task list item description begins with a parenthesis, you'll need to escape it with \:

- [ ] \(Optional) Open a followup issue

Mentioning people and teams

You can mention a person or team on Tugadar by typing @ plus their username or team name. This will trigger a notification and bring their attention to the conversation. People will also receive a notification if you edit a comment to mention their username or team name.

Note: A person will only be notified about a mention if the person has read access to the repository and, if the repository is owned by an organization, the person is a member of the organization.

When you mention a parent team, members of its child teams also receive notifications, simplifying communication with multiple groups of people.

Typing an @ symbol will bring up a list of people or teams on a project. The list filters as you type, so once you find the name of the person or team you are looking for, you can use the arrow keys to select it and press either tab or enter to complete the name. For teams, enter the @organization/team-name and all members of that team will get subscribed to the conversation.

The autocomplete results are restricted to repository collaborators and any other participants on the thread.

Referencing issues and pull requests

You can bring up a list of suggested issues and pull requests within the repository by typing #. Type the issue or pull request number or title to filter the list, and then press either tab or enter to complete the highlighted result.

Referencing external resources

If custom autolink references are configured for a repository, then references to external resources, like a JIRA issue or Zendesk ticket, convert into shortened links. To know which autolinks are available in your repository, contact someone with admin permissions to the repository. For more information, see "Configuring autolinks to reference external resources."

Uploading assets

You can upload assets like images by dragging and dropping, selecting from a file browser, or pasting. You can upload assets to issues, pull requests, comments, and .md files in your repository.

Using emoji

You can add emoji to your writing by typing :EMOJICODE:, a colon followed by the name of the emoji.

@octocat :+1: This PR looks great - it's ready to merge! :shipit:

Screenshot of rendered GitHub Markdown showing how emoji codes for +1 and shipit render visually as emoji.

Typing : will bring up a list of suggested emoji. The list will filter as you type, so once you find the emoji you're looking for, press Tab or Enter to complete the highlighted result.

For a full list of available emoji and codes, see the Emoji-Cheat-Sheet.


You can create a new paragraph by leaving a blank line between lines of text.


You can add footnotes to your content by using this bracket syntax:

Here is a simple footnote[^1].

A footnote can also have multiple lines[^2].

[^1]: My reference.

[^2]: To add line breaks within a footnote, prefix new lines with 2 spaces.

This is a second line.

The footnote will render like this:

Screenshot of rendered Markdown showing superscript numbers used to indicate footnotes, along with optional line breaks inside a note.

Note: The position of a footnote in your Markdown does not influence where the footnote will be rendered. You can write a footnote right after your reference to the footnote, and the footnote will still render at the bottom of the Markdown.

Footnotes are not supported in wikis.


Note: The syntax used during the beta testing period is now deprecated and will be removed. You can use the syntax as described in this section.

Alerts are an extension of Markdown used to emphasize critical information. On GitHub, they are displayed with distinctive colors and icons to indicate the importance of the content.

We recommend restricting the use of alerts to one or two per article to avoid overloading the reader. Consecutive notes should be avoided.

There are three types of alerts available.

> [!NOTE]

> Highlights information that users should take into account, even when skimming.


> Crucial information necessary for users to succeed.


> Critical content demanding immediate user attention due to potential risks.

Here are the rendered alerts.

Screenshot of rendered Markdown showing how alerts render as colored boxes with icons.

Hiding content with comments

You can tell GitHub to hide content from the rendered Markdown by placing the content in an HTML comment.

<!-- This content will not appear in the rendered Markdown -->

Ignoring Markdown formatting

You can tell GitHub to ignore (or escape) Markdown formatting by using \ before the Markdown character.

Let's rename \*our-new-project\* to \*our-old-project\*.

Screenshot of rendered GitHub Markdown showing how backslashes prevent the conversion of asterisks to italics. The text reads, "Let's rename our-new-project to our-old-project."

For more information on backslashes, see Daring Fireball's "Markdown Syntax."

Note: The Markdown formatting will not be ignored in the title of an issue or a pull request.