Custom Api highlighting (for Lua. And other languages?)
I have been trying to add some additional highlighting for a specific Lua API keywords. I found that doing the following mostly works:
In langs.xml in the “lua” Language node I can add
<Keywords name=“type3”>[Keywords from api 1]</Keywords>
<Keywords name=“type4”>[Keywords from api 2]</Keywords>
In stylers.xml in the “lua” LexerType node I can add
<WordsStyle name=“API 1” styleID=“16” fgColor=“FF0000” bgColor=“FFFFFF” fontName=“” fontStyle=“2” fontSize=“” keywordClass=“type3” />
<WordsStyle name=“API 2” styleID=“17” fgColor=“0000FF” bgColor=“FFFFFF” fontName=“” fontStyle=“4” fontSize=“” keywordClass=“type4” />
Doing the above makes the new highlighting options and related keywords to appear under “Settings/Style Configurator/Lua”.
PROBLEM: These new keywords are never actually highlighted properly. Looking in the source code this SHOULD work in the Lua lexer everywhere except a single line in the file PowerEditor/src/ScitillaComponent/ScintillaEditView.h, line 708, only a max of four lists are hardcoded to be read:
setLexer(SCLEX_LUA, L_LUA, LIST_0 | LIST_1 | LIST_2 | LIST_3);
If it were changed to
setLexer(SCLEX_LUA, L_LUA, LIST_0 | LIST_1 | LIST_2 | LIST_3|LIST_4|LIST_5);
then I think it would work. I haven’t compiled it to see because I really don’t want to customize NPP at that level (yet) and have to continually add that feature after future updates to NPP.
Can such a thing be added to NPP? I can see that similar things occur with many of the built-in lexers. It would be nice if there were a more general way across the board to add new highlighting styles and keywords easily added by a user or through the Style Configurator itself.
I know there are workarounds such as
- re-using existing keyword groups and adding user keywords to them. But then you can’t differentiate highlighting between default keywords and the “new” keywords.
- Creating a user defined language with the desired keywords and highlighting. But then you have to re-implement all the default languages features as well and might not be able to duplicate some of the nuances that are in the scintilla lexer.