I always wondered why there is no underline ability?

Not even using HTML tags

Is this by design for all SE sites, or just a handful (or just AE?)

Please could we have an underline feature added?

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    Underlining is usually only used as fall back when there is no way make text bold or italic. It is usually recognized as bad practise from a typesetting point of view. – Flow Nov 29 '12 at 21:05

The flavor of Markdown that Stack Exchange uses doesn't support this.

I would be against it in any case. Underlines are very commonly understood to indicate links when on web sites. You mess with this very basic and well-understood UI element at your peril. (I can't tell you how many times I've been on some web site and tried to click underlined text and nothing happened.)

See also: Why can we format text with bold and italic but not underline?

It's been brought up before and unless you can devise a compelling new argument it's not going to be implemented.

  • Ah, thanks. For some reason, I don't feel right if I don't underline headings... – Liam W Nov 28 '12 at 18:55

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