This time I’ll give you a sneak preview of what’s waiting under the covers, while I wrap up the documentation.
I’m ofcourse talking about the iG:Syntax Hiliter Plugin, for whose next version you’ve been waiting eagerly(atleast thats what sounded like in your emails). 😀
So, what’s special in the sneak preview?? 😕 A feature long long overdue, the Plain Text version of the hilited code, YESSSSSS!!!! 😀 As you can see, you can now click the link to get the Plain Text version of the code in a code box. But there are some problems with this which I’m hoping to resolve by the release date(its classified). The problems are:-
- it doesn’t work in FireFox(now don’t grab my throat, I’m working on it) but works well in IE & Opera(tested in IE6 & Opera8)
- if you click on the link again(for same or another code-box) without closing the existing Plain-Text window, the Plain-Text window will be gone & you won’t get anything new(you gotta close this Plain-Text window after you are done with it)
And if you don’t get any tasty fragrance in that sneak preview, then wait for a day or so when I come out all guns blazing, blasting off the competition to smithereens. 😉 I do appreciate the competition but while some are less boastful about their work & knowingly/un-knowingly indulge in clean & tidy competition, others think that they’ve won a battle with a quick & dirty hack that may serve them well but is no good for others!! I mean c’mon, I’m not picking on it but that guy very smartly says that he contacted me about the license conflict issues & since he didn’t get the reply, he proceeded with his own plugin else he might’ve contributed to iG:Syntax Hiliter!! Sure, he did comment about license conflict, but that’s all, nothing he mentioned indicated that he had any issues with the plugin or he wanted to contribute, & I did reply to him(quite late I admit).
So why am I fuming? No, I’m darn not fuming, but you gotta admire the boastfulness of these kinda guys!! They take over ideas from other people’s work & then go on about pointing out 1000 dis-advantages of that work & then dish-out a poor copy of that work that breaks from every point you look at it, feeling & impressing on others all the while as if its a work very well done!! 🙄
“hardcoded languages”, “750 needless lines of code” are just some of the text that you’ll read on that boastful declaration, but I agree with one thing, SyntHiHol is nothing but a bridge between Geshi & WordPress, nothing more!! Why? Because it does nothing on its own, it simply takes your text, hilites it using GeSHi & passes it back on!! Big deal?? Yes, afterall, you
- can’t turn off Line Numbers
- can’t colour Line Numbers
- can have stylised quotes etc. which renders your code useless for copy-paste operations & will leave fuming readers/users who’ll have to correct each & every quote
- can have the plugin applied only to the full post content, simply because I didn’t have the plugin applied to the excerpts or comments, so no way to copy that
- can have CSS classes enabled for hiliting but can’t have CSS to go with that, again because I didn’t have that as well, so if you do turn it on, you’ll not get even a single character hilited
Then such talks about going through WordPress & GeSHi API!!! 🙄 That’s just too great(I mean was there any reason to go through them if this is the output??)!! And I haven’t even started, so better leave it, those who prefer quality, they know what they want, & I know about that!! Copycats will always be there, that’s just a proof of your success, afterall, someone is copied only if he/it has something about him/it. 😉
So see ya guys in a short while(I promise) with the all new way to colourise your code in WordPress. 😉