The main reason for the development of this plugin was the lack of options supporting the HTML5 recommendation, where the code snippets should be tagged with
pre followed by
code, and optionally a class starting with
language- and then our language.
You can use the plugin like this:
<pre class="prettyprint"><code class="language-php"> // my code </code></pre>
Also very important is that although this plugin loads different files depending on your configuration, it fully supports caching scripts (W3 Total Cache) to concatenate and compress all the css and js, so the impact in performance will be minimum.
Other languages are supported via an extension (plugin options): CSS, SQL, YAML, Visual Basic, Clojure, Scala, Latek (TeX, LaTeX), WikiText, Erlang, Go, Haskell, Lua, OCAML, SML, F#, Nemerle, Protocol Buffers, CHDL (VHDL), XQ (XQuery), Lisp, Scheme, Dart, Llvm, Mumps, Pascal, R, S, RD, TCL
Four different styles are provided, and they can be previewed in the plugin options. They are modified to make sure they don’t clash with any other styles in your theme.
You have also the option to include your custom style.
Plugin options are at Settings > Prettify Code Syntax. Have a look at the Screenshots tab to see how it looks like.
If you don’t care too much about the HTML5 recommendation, you can skip the
language-class. The code always gets detected automatically.
It will also work if you only use a
pretag without the
codetag (but long lines will be wrapped instead of get horizontal scroll), or if you only use a
codetag with the
prettyprintclass (but if you don’t use
preyour spaces/returns won’t be maintained.)
Be careful using the Visual Editor tab when inserting code, as some HTML tags will be modified or removed.
Using a chaching plugin like W3 Total Cache is highly recommended.
You can find a front end demo here a the bottom.
In your WordPress installation go to Plugins > Add New, and search for “prettify code syntax” to find and install it automatically.
You can also install it manually:
- Download the plugin and upload the contents to the
/wp-content/plugins/directory, using FTP or the Upload tab in Plugins > Add New.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Change settings if neccessary at Settings > Prettify Code Syntax
- I want to add the tags “ or “ to my code, how can I do it without breaking the snippet?
You can add a space before the closing
>, like this
- I found a bug, or have some code improvements, or have something to ask about the plugin. How do I contact you?
Contributors and Developers
“Prettify Code Syntax” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Interested in development?
- Add Twitter Bootstrap style
- Isolate default style. Every style now is independent
- Fix bug where all languages were loaded
- Code refactoring
- Add new languages
- Several fixes and code refactoring
- First release