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Following YAML snippet that I'm trying to place in my markdown formatted readme:

- name: numpy     
version: "1.6.1"   

Tried the above with both no and 2 trailing spaces at the end of each line. Both turn out on a single line. Obviously I want them on 3 separate lines in my


edit: note tried adding 'yaml' as the optional lang parameter but no dice either.

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closed as off-topic by GlenH7, MichaelT, Eric King, jwenting, Ampt Jun 16 '14 at 23:42

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an implementation issue with a 3rd party site. It would have been better asked on Stack Overflow but is too old to migrate. –  GlenH7 Jun 12 '14 at 13:58
@GlenH7 correction: webapps.SE in the github tag. See Where does my git question go? –  MichaelT Jun 12 '14 at 15:26

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

IIRC, github uses


syntax. You can omit lang, but if you include it, the syntax highlighting is used for that lang.

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that's what I tried (see edit) - I forgot stackexchange uses markdown too... –  rutherford Oct 28 '12 at 16:28
I just tried it, it works fine for me (in preview, did not actually save). Shows on three lines, plain black with only three backticks, syntax-highlighted with ```yaml. No trailing spaces. –  herby Oct 28 '12 at 16:34
only thing I can think of fecking things up is the fact mine is inside a numbered list? - it's @ if it's any use. –  rutherford Oct 28 '12 at 17:07
Add an empty line after closing ``` and it will work. –  herby Oct 28 '12 at 17:13

I didn't have any luck with ``` surrounding the YAML front matter code examples on my site hosted on Github. Github still read it as code, showing the interpreted content as a result.

Didn't work:

{% include header.html %}

Also tried this with no luck.

{% include header.html %}

I found a working solution by surrounding the YAML code with {% raw %} and {% endraw %} tags:

{% raw %}{{ page.title }}{% endraw %}

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