I think the answer to different needs is easy: provide different options.

We already have different displaytypes and could add a tidy one, which could be chosen in individual user settings.

As for syntax highlighting people are free to choose monochrome CSS classes.

Backwards compatibility is no problem here.

Cheers Rolf
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In reply to Re^2: perltidy in PM posts by LanX
in thread perltidy in PM posts by mhearse

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