langs.xml: Distinguish between range and 'range (apostrophe!)

  • This questions refers to #8511.

    Is there a way to make a different coloring for




    or any other keyword once with and the other time without apostrophe <> .

    When I enter the two versions to different keyword types in langs.xml both are colored the same way.

    Any idea how to do to get different coloring?

  • @el-coder-sb ,

    In my experience, the keywords (whether default or user-defined) for a given language’s styler (lexer) all must be composed of ASCII “word” characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and _ underscore). Some of the lexer’s might manually override that, but I don’t know of any off the top of my head.

    In case that’s not clear: as far as I know, what you want cannot be done natively in Notepad++ without a source-code change.

    However, you can add extra highlighting to a builtin lexer (like the VHDL lexer) using regexes via the script that @Ekopalypse shares in his github repo – since it’s regex based, it should be fairly easy to set up a regex like '(range|length) which would recognize 'range or 'length, and color those separately from the builtin non-apostrophe versions

    (Interesting: in the VHDL definition, the range keyword is in both the INSTRUCTION (name="instre1") and in the ATTRIBUTE (name="type1") lists. The INSTRUCTION formatting takes precedence.)

  • @PeterJones Thanks a lot for that very good information!
    I´ll see how to deal with this.

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