I ran across this meta topic today, Changes to syntax highlighting, which says the tags associated with a question set the default code prettifying for that topic. A great idea! However it's not clear where those associations are set. Is this a moderator only option? or tag-wiki or...?

In particular these tags should be language python: ,,,,

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This is a test of things here: https://gis.stackexchange.com/editing-help#syntax-highlighting This is marked with language: c# ...

public static bool IsAwesome { get { return true; } }

... doesn't generate any colors - maybe it is a bug?

Or maybe it isn't used for meta.gis.se ?

  • hey Kirk, nice rep number, 8888, as of this moment. (no I have no idea why an arbitrary sequence like that is any more or less pleasing to me than another like, say, 4093. Nonetheless it is :) Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 3:48

It's set on the tag info page, as in this one for C#.

I suspect it requires 5K+ (possibly more) or mod privileges to change.

I have recently been checking this setting when I review tag wiki edits. In many cases it hasn't been set yet, but it works (apparently correctly) for some of the commonest language-related tags including and .

I don't know whether this mechanism would work on a meta page.

  • well I can edit the c# tag, but the edits are under probation until okayed by a moderator. I don't however see anyplace or text for setting the language type. It looks like I might break 5k in a little while so I can report then if there is anything new. It would be nice if non-mod/super-users could at least see the definitions if not change them. Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 3:47
  • @matt you're right: the language setting option I see on sites I moderate does not appear on sites where I have 3K - 5K rep. As a work around for the present, consider flagging a tag by making an inconsequential edit and putting your request in the "Edit Summary" textbox.
    – whuber
    Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 14:36

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