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To Create a New Syntax File

  1. First export a current syntax file so you have a structure to work with. To export a current syntax file, select a configuration that offers syntax highlighting such as Perl. Select Properties for Current Configuration from the Tools menu and select the Highlight (1) tab. Click on the Export button, select the location where you would like to save the syntax file, and give it a descriptive name.
  2. Open the exported syntax file and note the structure. You will want to specify some of the options as well as replace the existing keywords with keywords specific to the new syntax file you are creating. An explanation of the options, which correspond to the settings on the Highlight (1) and Highlight (2) pages in Properties for Current Configuration, follows:
    #Highlight= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want to highlight syntax.
    #BeginTag= Specify the character used as an opening tag. For example, < for HTML syntax.
    #EndTag= Specify the character used as a closing tag. For example, > for HTML syntax.
    #CommentBegin= Specify the character(s) used to mark the beginning of comments. For example, /* for C++ syntax.
    #CommentEnd= Specify the character(s) used to mark the end of comments. For example, */ for C++ syntax.
    #LineComment1= Specify the character(s) used to mark line comments. For example, // for C++ syntax.
    #LineComment2= Specify additional character(s) used to mark line comments.
    #SingleQuote= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want text strings enclosed in single quote marks to be highlighted.
    #DoubleQuote= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want text strings enclosed in double quote marks to be highlighted.
    #ContinueQuote= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want text strings enclosed in quotes to span lines.
    #Escape= Specify the character used as an escape for quote marks.
    #ScriptBegin= Specify the character(s) used to mark the beginning of a script.
    #ScriptEnd= Specify the character(s) used to mark the end of a script.
    #SpecialSyntax= Specify HTML, HTML-Embedded, or off depending on the mix of HTML and script languages, if any, in the same document.
    • HTML is used when HTML tags specifying the script language (<SCRIPT type=...>) exist in the HTML document. HTML is also appropriate for ASP files that include scripts beginning with the <% mark. This is usually the case for VBScript, JavaScript, PerlScript, CSS, etc.
    • HTML-Embedded is appropriate when working with script languages such as PHP or JSP and the characters that normally mark the beginning of scripts in such languages are specified with #ScriptBegin.
    #HighlightBraces= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want braces to be highlighted.
    #Keyword= #Keyword options include:
    • color= Specify the color of the highlight. You can preview the color choices on the Display tab in Properties for Current Configuration. If you scroll through the list located there you will notice Highlight (1) - (10).
    • word= Specifying on will highlight keywords only if they are whole words. For example, if the keyword is run and you specify word=on, the run portion of runner will not be highlighted.
    • rightall= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want to highlight everything to the right of a keyword match in addition to the keyword.
    • case= Either on or off depending on whether or not you want to enable case sensitivity for keyword matches.
    • insidetag= Specifying on will highlight keywords only if they occur within tags.
    • regexp= Specifying on will highlight keywords matched by using a regular expression.
  3. Once you have completed and saved your syntax file you can create a new configuration and import the newly created syntax file or import the newly created syntax file into an existing configuration.

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