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Markdown automatically escapes ampersands and angle brackets within a code block, so how is it possible to use special characters that require escaping for example: λ.

I know that one solution is to edit the html output file, however my markdown is for a github page and i don't have access to the generated file.

I use ReText and it allows me to insert a lambda directly in the editor and the preview shows it as well. Github's view only shows a small "image missing" type of box.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Use HTML entities style to insert special characters. For example writing


will produce a λ

See this Wikipedia page for the complete reference.

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