Specifically for getting jTab blocks to look right without blowing through the revision-limit, I think it would be useful to have a CW sandbox question on the main site (since jTab isn't enabled on meta).


Option 2: Enable jTab on meta. Then we could make a sandbox without the messiness.


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I think that creating a dummy question on main would be too messy, and difficult to teach new users about. I don't know if other SE's have done stuff like that before, but I'd like to hear about it.

This page is a complete explanation of all jTab grammar complete with a parser up at the top.


I realize a lot of the annoyance is from how jTab is implemented on Music.SE in particular, but here are the simple rules:

  • jTab will activate on all code blocks, and will display tab imagery for anything it can parse in those code blocks.
  • To avoid this, use <pre></pre> HTML tags.
  • If you want line breaks in your jTab, you need to exit the code block completely and give yourself a couple of newlines before the next code block.
  • There is one on Meta Stack Overflow, so there is precedent. I agree, though, that it wouldn't make sense to have it on the main site.
    – Hannele
    Jul 17, 2013 at 19:49
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    To be explicit about how 'To avoid this': you need to use pre and also do not indent by four spaces!
    – AakashM
    Oct 17, 2014 at 13:18

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