Rich-text and Markdown Formatting

Applies to Collaborator 13.4, last modified on January 18, 2021


Rich-text and Markdown formatting is currently supported for the following fields of Web Client:

Other clients and exported reports display comments and defects using plain-text representation.

Rich-text formatting

All text fields that support rich-text have a toolbar that allows specifying or changing formatting.

Rich-text formatting toolbar

Assigns a pre-defined style to the current paragraph or to selected paragraphs. The following styles are available:

  • Header 1
  • Header 2
  • Paragraph,
  • Preformatted.

Applies, or clears bold formatting.

Applies, or clears italic formatting.

Applies, or clears underlined formatting.

Applies, or clears numbered list formatting.

Applies, or clears bullet list formatting.

Applies, or clears subscript formatting.

Applies, or clears superscript formatting.

Applies, or clears strike-out formatting.

Markdown formatting

Markdown uses special conventions to create formatted text from plain-text.

To apply Markdown formatting for new comments and defects, your Collaborator administrator should turn on the Enable Markdown in comments setting. Existing comments and defects will retain their current formatting.

Below is a list of Markdown elements supported by Collaborator.


Start a line with a hash character # to apply header formatting. Up to six levels of headings are supported.

# Header 1

## Header 2

### Header 3

#### Header 4

##### Header 5

###### Header 6


Wrap the text with double asterisk * characters.

**This is bold text**


Wrap the text with a single asterisk * character.

*This is italic text*

Inline code

Wrap the text with a single backquote ` character.

This is regular text `and this is inline code`

Code block

Prefix your code with four space characters.

    main( ) {

        printf("hello, world\n");



Specify link text wrapped in square brackets [] and then specify link URL wrapped in round brackets ().

[Our site](

Bullet list

Prefix each line with a single asterisk *, minus - or plus + character.

* Bullet item 1

* Bullet item 2

Horizontal line

Insert three asterisk * or dash - characters.



To enter specific or literal characters ignoring Markdown formatting, prefix that character with a backslash \ character.

Technical details and limitations

  • Message length is limited to 16000 characters (including html tags). Longer messages will be truncated (replaced with “… “);
  • Text from clipboard will be pasted as plain text.

See Also

Types of Review Comments and Defects
Review Chats, Comments, and Defects

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