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Developers in the Elixir community have been trying to get Syntax Highlighting support for the Elixir Language on Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange websites since 2013:


But the latest build of Stackoverflow's prettify.js still does not have Elixir support.

At first I thought it was because of the incorrect language name on google-code-prettify, so I sent in a PR to rename it, but on rechecking the PR['registerLangHandler'] statements in the build, I couldn't find anything for ex either.

I feel like we're missing something very obvious here. How do we get SO/SE to include a language in its prettify.js builds when there already is support for the language in Google Code Prettify?

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  • You post a request here, as you just did. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Oct 7 '18 at 21:02
  • Hey @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog, do you have any insights/pointers on how we could speed the process up? Because I feel like this request has been lost in the pile again. – Sheharyar Nov 2 '18 at 1:03
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    This seems to have fallen between the cracks again? Elixir is a small community on SO but there's enough activity to see questions asked on a daily basis. People have obviously been (mis)using ruby syntax highlighting in the meantime but if there's a specific syntax highlighting available upstream for Elixir it seems it should be implemented. In comparison, Erlang has syntax highlighting and it has a similar number of questions on SO. It'd be great to see this resolved. Thanks! – Darragh Enright Jun 23 '20 at 8:51
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    Woo, status-planned! \o/ – Zoe the 1337 Princess Aug 26 '20 at 18:01
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We've officially switched to highlight.js network-wide. See the announcement post for more details.

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  • Does this mean that SE supports auto Elixir highlighting now (or will soon)? – Sheharyar Sep 25 '20 at 14:39

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