first of all this topic belong to PerlMonks Discussion
and secondly some sections like Obfuscation would loose their beauty with perltidy
rest it would be a great thing and also help full to the newbies like me if it is implemented
Not to criticize you, ansh batra, but just to, I hope, inform you a little
and perhaps amuse you, simply because I enjoyed your comment about newbies
the most of the comments so far... :)
Yes, syntax highlighting certainly makes things easier to understand for
newbies. Consider perlop. This excerpt would just be so much harder
to understand if I hadn't copied the "syntax highlighting" from
The fact that the only text within sight that is blue is the three
'$' characters (I'm sorry, I should have made that dollar sign that I just
typed blue; I'm sure I've confused most of the newbies now) clearly indicates
something that newbies would not have understood without the clarion
indicator of "blueness" (every newbie knows what blue means in that context;
that goes without saying).
But that pales in comparison to the boundless clarity that is only possible
by having the red parts be red.
The indentation getting a bit wonky in a couple of places is such a small price
to pay for these huge leaps in clarity of the text.
On a serious note, if you want to know about syntax highlighting at PerlMonks,
then there are several facilities provided for searching for such things.
I'm sure somebody will soon post links to no small number of previous
discussions. (Ah, yes, as I expected, this happened before I even finished
In the mean time, I'll summarize: If you want colors assigned to things based
on some algorithm that clearly fails when it tries to parse some Perl code
and fails even more interestingly when it tries to parse things that aren't
Perl code as if they were Perl code (or if you want to go the stackoverflow
route of assigning colors based on some vague feel of "bits of syntax that
are somewhat common to more than one programming language"), then you need
to pick the poison of your choice and impose it upon yourself. And that
isn't particularly hard. I'm sure some of the linked threads even provide
instructions (but I didn't check).
Though, if anyone still thinks that either of those approaches won't often
decrease clarity, then I suspect that mostly means that they don't
pay all that much attention much of the time. (:
BTW, the perldoc example is just something I stumbled upon last week. I
wasn't even looking for examples of "syntax highlighting gone wrong". I
run into those often enough without looking for them and that's even though
I never use syntax highlighting by choice.