Fixing code listings
published: Thu, 13-Mar-2008 | updated: Thu, 13-Mar-2008
Dustin Campbell manages to display source code in his blog posts with the Visual Studio syntax highlighting. So, go on, how do you do it, I asked. Simple, as any fule kno, he said. When you copy source code with Visual Studio, it creates a data block in rich text format (RTF). Take that clipboard data, parse it, and output HTML. I could see that he felt I wasn't up to writing an RTF parser. Hah! Moi?
So I did. A nice recursive descent parser, like what they taught you at Computer Science school.
It works extremely well and produces code listings that look exactly like they do in my color-tweaked Visual Studio, even down to the yellow highlighter-pen comments I prefer.
part 1 and
part 2 of
the red-black tree articles with the new syntax hightlighted listings.
In doing so I noticed that in doing it manually last time I'd forgotten
to change some generic angle brackets (
<) to their entity
<), so the browser rightfully stripped
them. Grrr. Sorry about that.
But now all is well again.
(Now to do all the other code listings on my site...)