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Blake Martin
31 posts
Bad code highlighting
1 year ago Edited by Blake Martin on Jan. 5, 2019, 2:17 p.m. Reason: Initial post
I'm 90% this is old news, but why are code blocks still highlighted incorrectly? I mean, no highlighting would be better than this: https://4coder.handmade.network/b...n_of_4coders_new_lister_api#15817
Ben Visness
39 posts

HMN technical staff, Handmade Math contributor, web developer, etc.

Bad code highlighting
1 year ago
The highlighting in code blocks is done by a Python library called Pygments. If no language is specified in the code tag, Pygments tries to guess which language it is. Sometimes it guesses incorrectly, which is what's happening in that post.

You can always just specify the language by name like so:

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[code language=c]


You can specify any language from Pygments' list.

The auto-guessing behavior is what the site has had since the beginning, so we kept it when we rolled out the new BBCode parser about four months ago. I know sites like Github don't auto-guess languages in their code blocks, so maybe someday we could turn that feature off.
Blake Martin
31 posts
Bad code highlighting
1 year ago Edited by Blake Martin on Jan. 6, 2019, 3:19 p.m.
Oh, okay. Thanks! Maybe there could be some sort of tooltip or something similar that could hint at that when people use the code tag?
477 posts
Bad code highlighting
1 year ago
or default by adding the language tag. It's a bit more in your face that way.
Ben Visness
39 posts

HMN technical staff, Handmade Math contributor, web developer, etc.

Bad code highlighting
1 year ago
Yeah, adding the language by default seems reasonable. I'll add it to our list and see what the other staff think.
Blake Martin
31 posts
Bad code highlighting
1 year ago
That's a better idea.