Monday, July 21, 2008

Code formatting/Syntax Highlighting

I've been trying for a while to find a way to get a code formatting utility to work on my blog. I'd originally seen it in WordPress where there's a built in tag to handle code formatting. But, no such thing exists natively for Blogger.

I found a Google Code utility that I had tried to get added without much success but today, my colleague Ron got it working for us to use in our new forum (coming soon!). Now, with a couple of additions to my Blogger template, I'm able to use a slightly modified pre tag to get my code blocks formatted quite nicely.

All I have to do is enclose my code like this:

<pre name="code" class="sql">
and I'm all set. To get this example to show up, I had to use "& lt" instead of the actual pre start and end tags (using <). That's good to know as it allows you to also display html as formatted code text and not be interpretted.

Cool stuff. The piece that I needed to get all this working was related to javascript, so when Ron got that part handled, I was in business!

Check it out if you're looking for a way to format your code in a nice, clean way.

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