[Tool]Notepad++ Syntax Highlighter for BF42/BFV

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[Tool]Notepad++ Syntax Highlighter for BF42/BFV

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As I use Notepad++ for code modding (and advise everyone to do so :) ), I created a BF42 language file, granting extensive syntax highlighting. I also included all BFV commands, so it should work 100% with BFV too.

The file:
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Just extract it to your Notepad++ installation directory, overwrite existing file. But CAUTION: If you have already defined any user-defined languages, this will overwrite them! In this case you would have to open this downloaded file manually and just copy its contents to the end of your existing file.

If you now open .con and .inc files with Notepad++, they will automatically be linked to the BF42 "language" and show syntax highlighting as well as allows for autocompletion and the like. Great for better overall overview, but also makes it WAY easier to spot coding errors (as these won't be recognized as syntax and would appear black) as well.

You can change the highlight colors as you want by opening the "User defined Language" tab (the button with the little lightning on it) and then assigning your colors. I chose colors to fit to the light grey background I'm using (easier on the eyes than constant black-white contrast). Or just open the xml file directly with notepad and edit the Hex values to your preference.

Short legend:
light blue= Remarks
dark blue&bold=numbers and standard subfolder paths (objects, texture, init, skyandsun, terrain etc.)
red&bold = object class (Object, ObjectTemplate, Geometrytemplate etc.)
green = all "create" commands, opens a new tab for the following section (see the little box with "-" on the left of the line with "create" in it)
orange = property requiring specific input (names, links or coordinates)
purple = property requiring float input

Example:
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Obviously there might be some small typos in the syntax, causing some commands not to light up properly, in this case, please report back so I can update.
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Re: [Tool]Notepad++ Syntax Highlighter for BF42/BFV

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Mh I can't add the highlighter :/

I tried:\Notepad++\plugins\APIs and only \Notepad++
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Re: [Tool]Notepad++ Syntax Highlighter for BF42/BFV

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What setup config did you use? Did you say the settings should be stored in the program folder or that they should be stored separately for each user in his app-folder? I guess you did the latter, and thus you would need to put the file in your %APPDATA%\Notepad++ folder.

Don't put it in APIs, that's always wrong ;) .
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Thanks! :)

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The line pitch is to big in Notepad :(
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No problems :)

What is "line pitch"?? Explain yourself :) or make a screenshot to do the talking 8-)
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"Zeilenabstand" ;)

But I doubt you can change it in Nodepad++
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How is it too big? If it's any closer, you'll be unable to recognize anything...you can change the text style however, and with it also the line pitch...no separate setting, though.

Just check Options->Style. There under "default" you can change everything as you want it.
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The download link is broken. Could I have a working copy of the syntax highlighter please?
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