This project provides client-side syntax highlighting for a number of languages, and is more or less a direct port of Ivan Sagalaev’s Highlight.js engine, contributed under CLA.

To use the Highlight engine, require it into your page, along with any appropriate language packs:

require(["dojox/highlight", "dojox/hightlight/languages/javascript"]);

Provided Languages

There are several pre-defined language packs. Shipped with Dojo include:

  • C++ (cpp)
  • CSS (css)
  • Delphi (delphi)
  • Django (django)
  • HTML (html)
  • JavaScript (javascript)
  • Python (python)
  • SQL (sql)
  • XML (xml)

The rollups _all (all languages), _dynamic, _static, and _www provide layers of common groups of languages.

There are additional definitions for Pygments-based highlighting:

  • CSS (pygments.css)
  • HTML (pygments.html)
  • JavaScript (pygments.javascript)
  • XML (pygments.xml)

The rollups _www and _html are provided as layers, for related code inclusion.

The name in parenthesis indicate that which you should require to load the definitions. eg:

require(["dojox/highlight/languages/pygments/css"]); // add CSS rules to the engine

Highlight Styles

Highlight is entirely CSS based, so you will need the appropriate CSS file. The default system css is available in the resources/ folder by the name of highlight.css:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/js/dojox/highlight/resources/highlight.css" />

Additionally, the Pygments CSS files are located in resources/pygments/ and are described by a theme name. Simply load in the appropriate theme you choose:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/js/dojox/highlight/resources/pygments/colorful.css" />

There are several themes available:

  • autumn
  • borland
  • colorful
  • default
  • emacs
  • friendly
  • fruity
  • manni
  • murphey
  • native
  • pastie
  • perldoc
  • trac

Using Highlight

After loading in the highlight engine, and putting the CSS on the page, the only remaining step it to highlight the nodes. Highlight acts on <code> blocks. It can be instantiated just as any other widget in Dojo by using the data-dojo-type:

<code data-dojo-type="dojox/highlight/widget/Code">var foo =[1,2,3,4,5], function(n){ return n % 2 });</code>

Or by calling dojox/highlight::init(someNode).

require(["dojox/highlight", "dojo/query"], function(highlight, query){
  // attempt to highlight all <code> blocks on a page:

Highlight can also be used via the dojox/highlight/processString function

@import "{{baseUrl}}dojox/highlight/resources/highlight.css"
require(["dojo/dom-attr", "dijit/registry", "dojox/highlight", "dojox/highlight/languages/sql", "dijit/form/Button"],
function(domAttr, registry, highlight, sql){
  function highlight(){
    // highlighting the code
    var code = highlight.processString("Select a from b where a = 2;").result;
    // putting the highlighted code in a html element so you can see
    domAttr.set('demoCode1', {innerHTML: code});
  registry.byId("buttonOne").on("click", lang.hitch(this, "highlight"));
<div id="demoCode1">Select a from b where a = 2;</div>
<button data-dojo-type="dijit/form/Button" id="buttonOne">Highlight Code</button>
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