HaskellWiki:Syntax highlighting

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Syntax highlighting works for a bunch of languages including Haskell, using GeSHi and Jason Dagit's Haskell file, somewhat modified.

Block formatting with <haskell>

To highlight syntax of a block of Haskell, enclose it in <haskell>...</haskell>. This uses the <pre> element. For instance:

My program
import Prelude

foo :: (Monad m) -> m (Int,Int)
foo = (x-2,x - 1) where
  x = 3

-- The main function
main :: IO ()
main = do
  a <- foo
  putStr ("And the answer is: " ++(show (fst a))++"\n")
Question: Would it be possible to have an markup tag, say <haskell-pretty> which would utilize the <math> environment to produce neat looking things like \operatorname{foo} :: \forall \alpha \beta . \alpha \rightarrow \beta, corresponding to foo :: forall a b. a -> b.

Inline formatting with <hask>

To highlight syntax of inline Haskell snippets, enclose the span in <hask>...</hask>. This uses the <code> element, which is inline. For instance: import Prelude.

Inline highlighting is a bit of a hack at the moment, and may be buggy.


For Haskell (only) I have deliberately removed all formatting apart from foreground colour, and those I have tried to keep dark so as not to be visually distracting.

This is what I am trying to achieve:

  • comments: grey
  • keywords (including symbols): blue
  • value literals: dark green
  • known value identifiers (including symbols): green
  • known type identifiers: red
  • known classes: purple
  • known modules: brown

I may also indent the entire block, similar to <blockquote>.

Ashley Y 07:46, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

Other languages

This works for certain other languages too. For lisp, for instance, use <pre-lisp>...</pre-lisp> to format a block of lisp, and <code-lisp>...</code-lisp> to format text inline. <haskell> the same as <pre-haskell> and <hask> the same as <code-haskell>.