progress with syntax-to-rtf

I had really wanted to use the Kate syntax stuff, because it’s pure Perl, but after I had it working, I decided that its Perl syntax highlighting wasn’t good enough, and I wanted Vim’s. So, I did what I had wanted to avoid and used Text::VimColor. I worked out some bugs, learned a lot about RTF, and added nice little things like proper option parsing.

I put it on my hacks page, along with a sample output file. Reading the RTF::Writer source with a clearer head made the problem I’d had with dashes clear. (It also makes me think that RTF::Writer needs to stop doing what it’s doing.)

There’s just one big thing bugging me, now. I can’t find a way to change the background color of the document, which I think will have to be done with a default stylesheet or something. I’d create a file with a black background to inspect its contents, but I don’t even see how to do that in TextEdit.

With a white background, the margins are white, and extra whitespace at the end of the file is white. I really want to be able to set the default background, to address this problem correctly.

Next up, I may attempt to write a very crude Vim colorscheme parser. With that done, it just becomes a matter of automating the highlighting of text in a Keynote text box.

Written on September 5, 2007
perl   programming   rtf   syntax