I would like to include line breaks within a Validation Rule Error Message without the use of Visual Force. Is this possible?

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If I remember correctly you can embed HTML into error messages that you create from code. I am not sure if the text box for the validation rule will allow you to put HTML into it and that be rendered correctly but I have created custom validation rules by checking a condition and calling the Sobject.addError(errorMessage) onto an object if the condition is met. You can embed HTML into these error message as I have seen it used to link to a visualforce page with a much more thorough description of the error. Creating the error message this way should allow for linebreaks to be embedded since they allow for HTML rendering.

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    Watch out. There is a critical update that will auto activate in Feb that could impact code. To continue to pass html through you need to do Sobject.addError(errorMessage, false) Nov 9, 2013 at 5:22
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    I know. I am pretty depressed about it.
    – Chris
    Dec 12, 2013 at 14:55

It is not possible to include any formatting or line breaks in a standard validation rule. I tried various permutations such as including
or \n just to make sure.

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