As per Jeff's suggestion in this comment:

You can use this question as a formatting sandbox. You can

  • post any answers to this question
  • post comments to this question or its answers
  • test suspected bugs with the editor

Beware that since the changes to syntax highlighting in December 2010, and the inline hints added March 2011, no syntax highlighting is applied unless the question's tags or an inline hint enable it. So, to test highlighting here in the sandbox:

  1. On the start of a line, specify a language inline using <!-- language: lang --> hints, and indent the code 4 spaces as usual. There is a full list of hints (scroll down a little).

    <!-- language: lang-html -->
    
        While not hinted otherwise: <html></html> source <b>goes</b> "here".
    
    <!-- language: lang-js -->
    
        var a = 3;
        while (not (a > 0)) {
            alert("JavaScript code <b>goes</b> here.");
        }
    
  2. Or:

    • Save your post.

    • Use something like Firebug (Firefox), Web Inspector (Safari, Chrome) or Developer Tools (Internet Explorer 8) to edit the resulting HTML. To open Chrome Dev Tools, press F12

    • Find the <pre> element and add the attribute class="prettyprint", or change it into something more specific, like class="lang-vb prettyprint".

    • Run the following in the location bar: javascript:prettyPrint();

  • Thanks. If you don't mind we can turn this in a general SE sandbox for everyone. – Afri May 13 '16 at 9:15
  • It's just what I need. I could not take off the discussion tag. Thanks. – The Officious BokkyPooBah May 13 '16 at 9:16

Roll the ball! Works using Markdown...

...and plain HTML

^---- Animated SVG!


Chrome's throbbers:


Formatting you possibly didn't know about:

[meta-tag:status-declined] =
[meta-tag:status-completed] =


M̵̳̙͔̟̱͕̓̀̄̉̅ͧ̋͊͌͑́͌ͪ̒̿̀̚a͔̟̝͔ͥ̈́̏ͮͯ̇͆̊̒ͦͦ͘͢͜y̵̴̢͕̝̩̱͈͕̼̣͕̟̌͗̾ͤ̎͌̄ͣͨ͊ͬb̡̯̰̪̜͙̟̝̠͚̜̥̙̤̃ͨ̋̒̒̊ͧͤ͐̓͋̌̾̇̔̈́̀́͡͠e̵ͯͪ̿̿̂̄ͫ̃҉͏͎̣̹̱̜͉̦̞̪̘̠̝̝͍̼̜̖̥̭͟ ̣̞͙͚̝̰̞̹̗̲̣͙͍͍̀̓͊̂̋ͣ̏̑̍̊͌ͩ͐̎̀ͣͣ̚͟ͅh̛͋̏̍̆ͤ͛͐ͨ̌̋ͤ̎̂ͨ̂̓̑̚̕͟͏̻̣͖̖͚͚͓̲̼̪ȁ̔̅̿͐̑͡͏̝͓̮͚̘̦̰͚͎͔͉͚̮̠̕͜ͅṱ̱̼̖̓̂ͭ̏̅͂ͥ͌ͯ͌͠sͪ̓ͪ̄̌̓ͧ͋͐ͬ̅̑҉̨̪̬͎͍̥̬?̡̮̳͙͓͔̹̘̹͓̘̻̦̣͎̫̐ͤ̐͛́͝ ̧̦̼̘͕̪̠̙͖̦̯̦̘͉͈͕͔̘̻̲͑ͨ̊̈́̐ͫ͐̌ͯ̀͘͝Ḩ̷̸̸̹͉̩̜̹̞ͯ̃̃ͧͬͨ̌̀̾̐̈̇ͧ͛̃͐̀ͦ͞A̴̦̗̬̠͙̭͉̟̺͇̭̰͔͕̯̅̃͋ͪ̈́̉̓̌ͯ̈́͆̋̀ͤ̇̂̿̈́̂͡͡Ṱ̲͎͉̣̳̺̱̜̦̬͕̣͉͇͊̌ͥ͐͒̈́̓́ͥ́́̋͂̅ͬ̆͗ͥ̕͢͡S̍ͧ͗̒͗̂̈ͬ͊̚̚͢͏̗̣̳ͅ!̶̨̡͇͚̙͚̭̱̣̲̳̤̞̫̗̣̦̮̖̞͒͆̿̄͑̃̎͡

(Empty for use by anyone as a sandbox)

Testing syntax highlighting.

While not hinted otherwise: <html></html> source <b>goes</b> "here".
var a = 3;
while (not (a > 0)) {
    alert("JavaScript code <b>goes</b> here.");
}

Does this highlighting work?

While not hinted otherwise: <html></html> source <b>goes</b> "here".
var a = 3;
while (not (a > 0)) {
    alert("JavaScript code <b>goes</b> here.");
}

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