Syntax Highlighting Plugin for Gajim
Gajim Plugin that highlights source code blocks in chat window.
On Linux, the recommended way of installing this plugin is to use the package provided by your distribution. If there is none, you can install the plugin manually using Gajim’s plugin installer (and install
On Windows, simply use Gajim’s plugin installer.
For more information and instruction on how to install plugins manually, please refer to the Gajim Plugin Wiki.
This plugin uses markdown-style syntax to identify which parts of a message should be formatted as code in the chat window.
Inline source code will be highlighted when placed inbetween `two single back-ticks`.
The language used to highlight the syntax of inline code is selected as the default language in the plugin settings.
Multi-line code blocks are started by three back-ticks followed by a newline. Optionally, a language can be specified directly after the opening back-ticks and before the line break:
```language Note, that the last line of a code block may only contain the closing back-ticks, i.e. there must be a newline here. ```
In case no languge is specified with the opening tag or the specified language could not be identified, the default language defined in the plugin configuration will be used.
You can test it by copying and sending the following text to one of your contacts:
```python def test(): print("Hello, world!") ```
(Note: The contact will not receive highlighted text unless the plugin is installed on their decive as well.)
The configuration can be found via 'Gajim' > 'Plugins', then select the 'Source Code Syntax Highlight' Plugin and click the gears symbol. The configuration options let you specify how code is formatted, including default language, style, font settings, background color and formatting of the code markers.
In the configuration window, the current settings are displayed in an interactive preview panel. This allows you to directly check how code would look like in the message window.
The plugin adds its own logger. It can be used to set a specific debug level for this plugin and/or filter log messages.
gajim -l gajim.plugin_system.syntax_highlight=DEBUG
in a terminal to display the debug messages.
Relation to XEP-0393 - 'Message Styling'
In XEP-0393, the back-tick based syntax is defined as markup for preformatted text blocks, respectively inline preformatted text. Formatting of such text blocks with mono-spaced fonts is recommended by the XEP.
By using the same syntax as defined in XEP-0393 XMPP clients with only XEP-0393 support but without syntax highlighting can at least present their users blocks of preformatted text.
Since text inbetween the back-tick markers is not further formatted by this plugin, it can be considered 'preformatted'. Hence, this plugin is compatible to the formatting options defined by XEP-0393, section 5.1.2, "Preformatted Text" and section 5.2.5, "Preformatted Span".
Nevertheless, syntax highlighting for source code is not part of XEP but rather a non-standard extension introduced with this plugin.
Since I (Florian Muenchbach) had no experience in writing Plugins for Gajim, I used the Latex Plugin written by Yves Fischer and Yann Leboulanger as an example and copied a big portion of initial code. Therefore, credits go to the authors of the Latex Plugin for providing an example.
The syntax highlighting itself is done by pygments.