Syntax

Colors

When you are writing a syntax highlight, you are supposed to distinguish colors of data types. EverEdit provides a couple of built-in colors.
COLOR_DEFAULT: Normal text without any syntax state
COLOR_COMMENT1: Single line comment, example:// in C/C++
COLOR_COMMENT2: Block line comment, example:/your comment/ in C/C++
COLOR_STRING1: Single quoted string, example:'your single quoted string' in PHP
COLOR_STRING2: Double quoted string, example:"your double quoted string" in PHP
COLOR_TAG: Use for HTML/XML tag match, EverEdit could find the matched tag automatically
COLOR_MACRO: Macro define, example:#define/Import/Range VALUE 100 in C/C++/C#/Java
COLOR_URL: URL, example:http://www.everedit.net
COLOR_EMAIL: Email address, example:[email protected]
COLOR_NUMBER: Numbers, example:10,0x20,1.35
COLOR_FOUND: When you search something, EverEdit will use this state to draw the found text
COLOR_PAIR: Paired strings, example:()[]{}<>""''
COLOR_FUNCTION: Function name
COLOR_VAR: Variables
COLOR_SUBLAN: Sub-language, example: in HTML
COLOR_OPERATOR: Operators, example:+-*/ ++ --
COLOR_WORD1: Key word 1, built-in keywords. example:int bool double do while in C/C++/Java
COLOR_WORD2: Key word 2, framework keywords. example:CString CMap CArray in MFC
COLOR_WORD3: Key word 3
COLOR_WORD4: Key word 4
COLOR_HIGHLIGHT1~COLOR_HIGHLIGHT8: User defined highlight, used for custom marker
COLOR_IGNORE: The foreground color of text will be same as the background. It will show on selecting
COLOR_CONCEAL: The text will not be displayed expect selecting

Objects

SyntaxItem

// Functions
void Capture(int group, int state);
// Properties
string Name;//get,set

WordItem

// Properties
bool AutoCase;//get,set
string Name;//get,set

SyntaxRegion

// Functions
bool AddSnippet(string strPathName, bool bCase)
void AddItem(SyntaxItem item );
void AddWord(WordItem item );
void AddRegion(SyntaxRegion child );
void FoldText(string strFold, bool bFCase, string strUnFold, bool bUFCase);
void CommentBlock(string strOn, string strOff);
void CommentLine(string strText);
void SetPairs(string strText);
void IndentText(string strIndnet, bool c1, string strUnIndnet, bool c2);
void AddCallTip( string strPathName, bool bCase, string strWord="", string strBegin="(", string strSep=",", string strEnd=")", bool bRemoveSpace=false );
void AddSnippet( string title, string trigger, string text, bool script=false);
// Properties
void TransRegion;
string Name;//get;set

Parser

// Functions
bool AddSnippet(string strPathName );
void AddItem(SyntaxItem item );
void AddWord(WordItem item );
void AddRegion(SyntaxRegion child);
SyntaxRegion CopyRegion(SyntaxRegion pCopy);
SyntaxItem CreateItem(int state, string strMatch, bool bCase, bool bToRight=false);
WordItem CreateWord(int state, string strMatch, bool bCase, string strDelimiters="");
SyntaxRegion CreateRegion(int state, string strBegin, string strEnd, bool bCase, bool bToRight=false );
SyntaxRegion CreateStringRegion(int state, string strChar, string strEscape, bool mline, string strContinueChar );
void FoldText(string strFold, bool bFCase, string strUnFold, bool bUFCase);
void IndentText(string strIndnet, bool c1, string strUnIndnet, bool c2);
void FoldAnyText(int nLevel, string strText);
void SetPairs(string strText);
void CommentBlock(string strOn, string strOff);
void CommentLine(string strText);
void AddCallTip( string strPathName, bool bCase, string strWord="", string strBegin="(", string strSep=",", string strEnd=")", bool bRemoveSpace=false );
void SetFont( string font_name, int font_size, int base_line, bool bold);
void SetCJKFont( string font_name, int font_size, int base_line, bool bold);
void AddSnippet( string title, string trigger, string text, bool script=false);
// Properties
string Name;//get,set
string FoldingMethod;//get,set
string WordChars;//get,set
SyntaxRegion DefaultRegion;//get

Sample 1 (create a syntax highlight for C/C++)

This sample will guide you to define a new syntax highlight for EverEdit! let's have a look at some key syntax elements of C/C++:
  • Single line comment
  • Multiple line comment
  • String
  • Key word
The above elements are key parts for most of syntax highlights.

1. Create a file

Create a mycpp.mac and put it into (syntax) folder;

Include color define file

EverEdit provides predefined colors, so let's include it first.
Include( ".\const.mac" )

3. Create a parser object

Set cpp=Parser.CreateParser()

4. Highlight single line comment

Single line comment is be a region which starts from // and ends with End of Line(EOL).
Set regionLine=cpp.CreateRegion( COLOR_COMMENT1, "+//+", "$", True )
Note: The text surrounded by plus(+) means this is a normal string match (simple&fast), not regular expression.(This kind of usage is available in CreateRegion function only).

5. Highlight multiple line comment

regionBlock=cpp.CreateRegion( COLOR_COMMENT1, "+/*+", "+*/+", True )

6. Highlight string

Set regionString=cpp.CreateStringRegion( COLOR_STRING1, """", "\", False )
The last param of CreateStringRegion means whether the match will be continue to next line!

7. Highlight key words

Set itemWord2=cpp.CreateWord(COLOR_WORD1, "int float double char void for while if else return break continue", True)
There are 4 params in CreateWord function. The last one is a string which contains the delimiters that can be treated as word, example:
cpp.CreateWord(COLOR_WORD1, "bottom-top bottom-right", True, "-")

8. Add matches into Parser

cpp.AddRegion( regionLine )
cpp.AddRegion( regionBlock )
cpp.AddRegion( regionString )
cpp.AddItem( itemWord )

9. Overview

Include( ".\const.mac" )
Set cpp=Parser.CreateParser()
Set regionLine=cpp.CreateRegion( COLOR_COMMENT1, "+//+", "", True )
Set regionBlock=cpp.CreateRegion( COLOR_COMMENT1, "+/*+", "+*/+", True )
Set regionString=cpp.CreateStringRegion( COLOR_STRING1, """", "\", False )
Set itemWord=cpp.CreateItem(COLOR_WORD1, "\b(int|float|double|char|void|for|while|if|else|return|break|continue)\b", True)
cpp.AddRegion( regionLine )
cpp.AddRegion( regionBlock )
cpp.AddRegion( regionString )
cpp.AddItem( itemWord )

Sample 2 (Enhance C++ syntax highlight)

1. Add todo match in comment region

Create a todo match and add it into single/multiple line comment:
Set itemTodo=cpp.CreateItem(COLOR_HIGHLIGHT1, "\bTODO\b", True)
regionLine.AddItem( itemTodo )
regionBlock.AddItem( itemTodo )

2. Code folding

C++ source files are normally folded begin with { and }
cpp.FoldText "\{", False, "\}", False

3. Auto Indent

cpp.IndentText "\{$", False, "^\s*}$", False

4. Add auto pair complete

cpp.SetPairs "[]{}()""""''"

5. Add quick line comment

cpp.CommentLine "//"
cpp.CommentBlock "/*", "*/"
Now you can use Ctrl+/ to comment your selection or active line quickly.
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