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Getting Started With the Kate Text Editor: Kate For Coders

Apr 02, 2009, 15:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"Syntax highlighting automatically colours different words and lines in your file according to their function. So comments will be shown in a different colour from the main code, quoted strings in a different colour again, and so on. It's incredibly useful if you work with any kind of programming, scripting, or markup language.

"Kate's predefined syntax highlighting settings cover the vast majority of programming/scripting languages and markup languages, as well as some configuration file types, diff, LDIF and MySQL, and several assembler types. When you open a file, Kate will attempt to automatically detect and apply the appropriate highlighting setting, or you can apply a setting from the Tools->Highlighting menu.

"Just in case your preferred language isn't one of the many provided, you can also define your own syntax highlightings, or if you want to vary the ones that are provided, there's scope for that too. Kate's syntax highlighting rules are XML files containing rules for detecting text, keyword lists, and style definitions: to change the behaviour, edit these files."

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