[texworks] HELP with Tw 0.4.3 syntax highlighting

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 03:31:25 CEST 2011

Apologies I should have pasted that - green will not show properly
with black, try

 Black/LawnGreen;B n EVIDENCE


Black/LawnGreen;B y ^.*EVIDENCE.*$

Also you can use this yet to be completeed dialogue,


For your colour names (use SVG only).

On 14 July 2011 13:11, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Carlo,
> "Try activating the following menu item: `Window->Show->Tags`. This
> will add a sidebar that will allow you to jump around to the
> sections/subsections/etc of your document. Hopefully it provides some
> of the functionality you are looking for."
> In your editing document you can put:--
> %: Evidence One starts here
> and "Evidence One starts here" will show in the tag window that
> Charlie has pointed you to.
> Its the %: at the beginning of the line that makes that manual kind of
> entry show in your tag window, but not in your output (pdf).
> % tells TeX to ignore the rest of the information on that line, so you
> can write comments to your self. %: makes the remarks appear in your
> tag window.
> Clicking on entries in the Tag Window jumps you to the area of the editor.
> You can get other things to automatically show in your Tag windows by
> using regular expressions in
>    tag-patterns.txt     (back up the file first)
> have a look in it to see how the tag-patterns are done.
> It can be got to from your
> Scripts menu, choose "Scripting Tex Works" / Show Scripts Folder, go
> up one directory,
> then into the directory called configuration.
> Also highlighting and colour changes and styling: bold, italic, and
> underlining,  can be achieved by editing
>    syntax-patterns.txt
> in the same folder as described above.
> You will notice  sections there,  e.g. [Latex]
> You can either put things in [Latex] section or make a new section at
> the end of another section, perhaps [Thesis]  and write your
> syntax-patterns in there - then choose which scheme you want to use in
> your editing document under the menu on Format/ Syntax Colouring.
> I'd recommend considering using the existing [Latex] section for what
> you are doing. But remember to backup these files before changing any
> of  them, so that you can revert back to them if necessary (if things
> go badly wrong in your editing of them :)
> Put any often repeated things, or regular expressions for patterns of
> text that you want highlighted/coloured/styled the same way.
> For example you could add a line
> Black/Yellow;B n ^[^\s]*:
> Which would at least highlight anything that starts as one word and
> ends with a colon: (i.e. with no spaces in it).
> Black - foreground colour
> /Yellow - background-colour
> ;B - bold
> n - No spell checking inside described area (y for spell checking)
> ^ start of string (in Tw editor context - here a line)
> [^\s] here the ^ inside [] means essentially anything but \s which
> means a space or a tab etc
> * any number of the immediately preceding - here meaning any number of
> non space items
> : a literal colon
> Try just the following it might be enough
> Black/Green;B n EVIDENCE
> or
> Black/Green;B y  ^.*EVIDENCE.*$
> For a whole line, with EVIDENCE in it, at a time. with spell checking.
> Afaik, none of the changes that you might make to either
> tag-patterns.txt or syntax-patterns.txt will take effect until you
> completely restart TeXworks, which is a bit difficult for testing!
> Regular expressions are a bit to get your head around unless your
> brain is naturally wired for that kind of thing, but you can get there
> with trial and patience, and then its  just like when learning a
> foreign language, it all suddenly starts to  click into place.
> Regular expressions are also used for searches as an optional and
> sometimes optimal way of finding things in many computer applications
> (and in TeXworks), so they are worth learning to some extent,
> depending upon your needs
> Alain Delmotte and Stefan Löffler,  and others have made a real effort
> to give people a kick start in the TeXworks manual, which you can open
> form your Help menu. In there you will find introductions and more
> information on many of these things (and more!), and pointers to
> TeXworks wiki entries for more information.
> For regular expressions, even help information based around web pages
> will be of help, or use testing modules provided  on the web to try
> out your regular expressions first.
> Paul
> On 14 July 2011 10:27, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 13, 2011, at 4:40 PM, Carlo Marmo wrote:
>>> Thank you.
>>> Last question, I promise. Where can I find some examples of syntax
>>> highlighting, in order to figure out what kind of problems it is design to
>>> solve?
>>> Carlo
>> Howdy,
>> Open any latex file and see what it does.
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
>> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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