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Generic Syntax Highlighting with Regular Expressions in pure PHP

3. March 2016








Generic Syntax Highlighting with Regular Expressions in pure PHP

Due to Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) , I have been looking for a way to effectively do Syntax Highlighting without Javascript in pure PHP.

I was about to write my own, when I found an older article from phoboslab. Thanks Dominic for saving me some time ;) Its not perfect, but close enough.

A simple Syntax Highlighting Class that does just that. The class was not working with PHP 5.4.x+, as it uses  preg_replace() with the /e modifier.

It will not cover all, but its better than nothing :) I will also add a section to my my AMP tweaks article to showcase the integration of Geshi.

Here an updated version using the preg_replace_callback() function.

THE SYNTAX HIGHLIGHT CLASS

THE CSS

USAGE

@GitHub portalzine/UtilityBelt/SyntaxHighlight

Enjoy coding …




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Alexander

I am a full-stack developer. My expertise include:

  • Server, Network and Hosting Environments
  • Data Modeling / Import / Export
  • Business Logic
  • API Layer / Action layer / MVC
  • User Interfaces
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I love programming,  design and know my way around server architecture as well.  I would never feel complete, with one of these missing.

I have a broad range of interests, that’s why I constantly dive into new technologies and expand my knowledge where ever required. Technologies are evolving fast and I enjoy using the latest.

Apart from that, I am a peace loving guy who tries to have people around him that think the same.  I truly believe in the principle: “If you help someone, someone will help you, when you need it."

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