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I don't even know what some of these languages are. Is the 'lang-' prefix really necessary? Can this list be spruced up a bit in order to display the actual name of the language?

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In many cases the bits after the lang- are the actual language names. – dmckee Jul 18 '12 at 19:26
It would also be great if we non-♦ peons could specify the language for our post, using a nice pick-list like this, in cases where the overriding tag dictates a different language than the one we wish to use for our code samples. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 18 '12 at 19:30
@aar - If you don't post a FR to the tune of that - I will :P – Lix Jul 18 '12 at 21:34
@Lix okay, done. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 18 '12 at 21:45
@dmckee Out of 24 items, only 8 of those are their actual name. I might be wrong on the few ones I don't know. – VxJasonxV Jul 19 '12 at 2:34
@VxJasonxV...I make it 13 counting abbreviation like css and html that are at least as common as the fully enunciated name. – dmckee Jul 19 '12 at 3:24

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I'm not sure about this one. Changing the default highlighting language for a tag should require quite some experience with both the corresponding language and the posts within that tag. Example: If it said "JavaScript" instead of "lang-js", it would just be too "obvious" to apply it to the tag, which would be wrong.

So a bit of barrier is a good thing here. When in doubt, don't change it.

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