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27 July, 2011

Gedit syntax highlighting for Grammatical Framework source code

There is now an official page on the Grammatical Framework website about GF Editor Modes.

For correct syntax highlighting in Ubuntu’s default text editor (gedit) for anyone editing Grammatical Framework source code, put the code below into the file ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-2.0/language-specs/gf.lang (under Ubuntu).

Some helpful notes/links:

  • The code is based heavily on the haskell.lang file which I found in /usr/share/gtksourceview-2.0/language-specs/haskell.lang.
  • Ruslan Osmanov recommends registering your file extension as its own MIME type (see also here), however on my system the .gf extension was already registered as a generic font (application/x-tex-gf) and I didn’t want to risk messing any of that up.
  • This is a quick 5-minute job and might require some tweaking. The GtkSourceView language definition tutorial is the place to start looking.
  • Contributions are welcome!