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Is askbot having code highlighting?

for various languages is askbot supporting code/ keyword lightlights?

testuser's avatar
asked 2019-07-03 03:50:59 -0500
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In theory, Askbot uses python-markdown2 so it can do everything described in the markdown2 wiki. However, the current code, i.e. askbot.utils.markdown.get_parser does not enable syntax highlighting.

For a least invasive extension one could subclass markdown2.Markdown, extend the constructor and assign the new subclass to ASKBOT_MARKDOWN_CLASS in I didn't test the following, but I am confident solutions look something like this:

  • in (in Askbot's PYTHONPATH)

    import markdown2
    class MyMarkdown(markdown2.Markdown):
        def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
             extras = kwargs.get('extras', list())
             kwargs['extras'] = extras
             super(MyMarkdown, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
  • in

    ASKBOT_MARKDOWN_CLASS = 'somefile.MyMarkdown'
martin-bts's avatar
answered 2019-07-10 16:49:18 -0500, updated 2019-07-19 05:28:26 -0500
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And as we can see in this particular case, this site applies highlighting to Python code if it can detect it. So I guess the `fenced-code-blocks` is only required if want the ability to explicitly select a certain language.

martin-bts's avatar martin-bts (2019-07-10 16:52:05 -0500) edit

From the fine manual: "You must have the pygments Python module installed for this to work."

martin-bts's avatar martin-bts (2019-07-17 10:41:33 -0500) edit

You need to have the pygments module installed for it to work

webdios's avatar webdios (2020-02-15 02:32:28 -0500) edit
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