According to the markdown syntax guide you can just insert HTML entities directly (e.g © for ©). However, HTML entities don't seem to work in Trello comments (which use markdown)—the entity code appears as-is.

  • Just tried it myself, you can add certain markdown in the card description, like links, however the copyright symbol does not work. Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 21:43
  • Yeah, actually I was specially interested in inserting the tick symbol &✔ (✔) to mark some of the sub-items of a task as complete. Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 21:46
  • Ironically Html entities do not work in the comments of this site either ! :) (not a coincidence I guess) Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 21:47

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Instead of using the HTML entity, you can insert the character itself in Trello list titles, card titles and descriptions (and even comments, which do not support Markdown). Usually, when I need a special character, I do a web search to find the a website that uses the sought character, copy it (CTRL/CMD+C) and paste it where I need it (CTRL/CMD+V). That's what I just did to insert the tick character here: ✔! (@Spam n Eggs, clearly the same can be done for Stack Exchange comments).

There are plenty of websites that provide charts of special characters, like this one.

If you'd like a handier way of inserting the tick symbol, you could:

  • Try an autocorrect/text-replacement program. These will run in the background and work across programs. Many find them highly useful for many typing tasks. Create a rule so that whenever you type a certain string (i.e "[tick]") it's replaced with "✔".

  • If you're on a Mac, you can access the Character Viewer directly from the menu bar to insert characters. On Windows, it's the Character Map.

  • ✔ - oh yeah that worked! By the way I like the idea of the autocorrect tool, do you know of any options for linux? Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 13:51
  • I have never had a need for a text expansion tool when working on Linux, but here is a recommendation from Lifehacker. Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 18:00

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