I have edited my recent post on Removing unwanted pastes from Stikked. I used the <code> tags to delineate the command line interactions from the descriptive text. However I wanted the code to appear more like quoted text in a Mediawiki instance. My first thought was to hack the css to make the code tag work how I wish, however whilst searching for help on that I discovered that the <pre> tag gave exactly the effect I required, whilst the code tag remains useful where you might wish to use a
fixed width terminal style text in line with your content.
The other advantage of the 'pre' tag is that it will not force a line wrap if you have a long line of code
The only thing that I still had to do was reduce the font size for these two fixed width fonts as 13px looked a bit chunky along side the normal text.
P.S Having written this I found this comprehensive page on the WordPress site http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Code_in_Your_Posts