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Syntax highlighting language hints
Interface options for specifying language prettify

How do I set the language being highlighted in Stack Overflow to be colored and formatted for ruby?

I've seen this somewhere but can't find it now.

Something like a one line option at the top of a file.

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You can't highlight a language with Markdown. You need to outsource this to external libraries. Such as.

  1. SyntaxHighlighter
  2. Google Code Prettify
  3. Pygments

EDIT: The StackOverflow way of doing this is to have a comment at the top. Like so.

<!-- language: lang-js -->

Just replace lang-js with one of the language codes or a tag to set the language to the language associated with that tag. For example.

<!-- language: C# -->

Highlighting for C# is associated with the C# tag.

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Good point, my question was not clear so i added more detail. – Michael Durrant May 4 '12 at 1:18
+1 Yup, lang-rb for ruby worked for me (maybe I can do mutiple languages on one page even?) – Michael Durrant May 4 '12 at 1:30
I would assume so. – user184498 May 4 '12 at 1:33

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