CodeHighlighter is a lightweight, unobstrusive and fully configurable script for displaying code examples highlighted in a way similar to the way many text editors highlight code. It weighs in at just under 4K, allows users to configure their own style sets so that you can highlight any language you like and is deployable simply by attaching it to a page with the script tag and adding class names as hooks. It should also play nicely with any other scripts on your page as it has a tiny footprint on the global namespace.
Many thanks to Dean Edwards who's star-light behaviour inspired this.
Deploying the script
3. Define CSS styles for each code element, the script simply parses the code and wraps a <span> tag around each element with the appropriate class name. You just need to write CSS to style the code the way you want. No programming or weirdness required. See the source of this code as an example.
Known to work on:
* IE 5.5+ PC
* Firefox 1.0/Mozilla 1.3 + PC
* Opera 7.23 + PC
* Netscape 7.2 PC
Known to degrade well on:
* IE 5.0 PC
* Safari Mac (Until it supports functions in String#replace())
Any other feedback for any other browser would be greatly apprieciated. Please email Dan Webb at dan[at]danwebb[dot]net. Have a look through the small examples below.
Creating your own style sets for other languages
Have a look at this guide to creating style sets.
Python and AppleScript highlighters by Travis Cripps (http://trav.is)
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