RE: Colored Code

Subject: RE: Colored Code
From: "Laurel Hickey" <lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 11:14:33 -0800

It would help if the code had already been given it's own style in Word
because then you can do the search and replace within that single style.
Most of the manuals I've seen that have code also use a different font than
the body text so changing to a distinct style -- if not already present --
might be quite easy (depending on what you've already done).

At any rate, most of it should be able to be done by search and replace in
Word and, if necessary, in HTML. Dreamweaver's s&r is quite good and so is
Homesite's although I haven't used the latest version of that program.
Dreamweaver will let you do s&r in selections, whole pages, and all pages in
directories... and gives you a list of the changed areas.

And for new stuff, copying over to Dreamweaver (copy formatted), brings over
the colours but collapsed the spaces
Blue red green in Word (assume coloured here!)
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:blue;">Blue</span><span
style="color:red;">red</span> <span style="color:#339966;">green</span></p>
You could replace the spaces with non-breaking spaces.

Saving the Word doc as filtered html, however, maintained the spaces in the
resultant html.

Laurel Hickey
2morrow writing & document design
lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca

Well, to clarify. I write in Microsoft Word (not my choice) or raw HTML. I
combine it all in RoboHelp and then publish HTMLHelp and PDF files.

The coloring is specific to lines (comments) or single words (function
and method names, parameters and variables). This can result in 3 or 4
colors appearing in the same line. Trying to do this via a style sheet
would be even more labor intensive than manually changing the code as
I would have to add the markup manually (DIV or SPAN tags; on the
grounds of maintainability and portability, I will not ever use FONT tags).

I cannot see a way to automate this so, all in all, this would mean me
having to manually 'massage' several hundred lines of code, spread
over several hundred individual HTML topics.



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