Many times when asking or answering, or even just commenting, it's desired to have a <tt> or similar functionality. For example, when referencing a function or a variable, you would use something like this: `my_function_name`, which outputs
Inline, it really throws off the appearance - especially in comments when you reference a few different things. A better, more subtle (yet still obvious) approach would be to allow <tt> or some other way to output a fixed-width font to highlight the function, variable, etc.
Note: I accidently posted this over in meta.SO, and at least in their comments, the inline <code> blocks are almost imperceptably highlighted. That would be great here.