I motion to reopen Support Kotlin in code highlighting as there's a lot of evidence

It says

If Kotlin becomes more popular in the future, we will reconsider.

Evidence of maturity

There's a rejected feature request from 2 years back, but since then a lot of things have happened, especially to Kotlin:

  • Kotlin is coming up on its 5th major update
  • widespread adoption in Android (and some backend)
  • Gradle kts build scripts
  • official support from Google.

See also the comments on the rejecting answer.


I just asked a question and noticed that even basic highlighting is missing (fun/val are the most common keywords and they're not highlighted).

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    Note that this feature-request was marked declined when it was asked last time. Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:02
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    @πάνταῥεῖ ohh, that's a 2 year old rejected question, time to re-evaluate?
    – TWiStErRob
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:03
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    Well, maybe explain in your question or at the duplicate what has changed in Kotlin and it's usage specifically for why this feature-request should be reopened. Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:18
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    @πάνταῥεῖ I did, but I added even more evidence
    – TWiStErRob
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:50
  • @πάνταῥεῖ How do you ask for reopening the other one, because commenting with more and more evidence didn't do much?
    – TWiStErRob
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:51
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    As you've added more support and since the other answer says they're willing to reconsider if usage share is higher, I've issued a vote to reopen. To get others to vote to reopen, I'd recommend editing in an explicit statement that you're aware of that question and that it does say that they're willing to reconsider. Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 17:55
  • @SonictheAnonymousWizHog thanks, updated; I hope this edit will make a difference, as it was quite quickly hammered to the ground.
    – TWiStErRob
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 18:18
  • @TWiStErRob that is what gold badges are for. Usually to releave users from suffering comments and downvotes on a question that will close eventually. And make it less work to maintain the site ofcourse.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 18:55
  • Revisiting the language support seems sensible. Considering things have fundamentally changed the old question should be a dupe of the old one, not the other way around. Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 9:46

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Kotlin highlighting is now live!

  • How to enable lang-kotlin highlighting for international SO sites? E.g. on ruSO there is no code-prettify section in the bottom of the page like on enSO. Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 19:09
  • @αλεχολυτ follow the instructions here using the lang-kotlin keyword. And I just turned on auto-highlighting for kotlin associated to that tag on ruSO. Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 19:20
  • Thanks a lot, Yaakov! Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 19:21

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