Softconf's START Conference Manager v2 is a web-based conference management system that is widely used, at least in the field of computational linguistics. Academics using the site enter plain-text reviews, but the site appears to support a limited range of plain-text markup that gets rendered in HTML upon review submission.
*emphasis* is rendered as emphasis and
* item on a new line is rendered as:
This feature is undocumented, but knowledge of the feature could help reviewers write more engaging and legible reviews.
I tried to guess the markup for other formatting styles, but without success. The two patterns above look like Markdown or reStructuredText, but
**bold** does not work, nor does
`monospace`, so it appears to be some custom solution. Does anybody know what other formatting styles are supported?
In the absence of official documentation about the feature, the answer to this question can make the information more discoverable for future reviewers.