Fw: TypeScript Syntax in Kate

rhkramer at gmail.com rhkramer at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 14:30:53 UTC 2018

On Friday, February 02, 2018 01:30:18 AM My Email wrote:
> Hi Dominik...
> I am too much of a noob to create a definition file.
> Dont have the know-how to create such an xml file...
> I did the .xml file located at;
> https://github.com/PrettyFlower/KateTypeScriptSyntaxHighlighting
> but i could not get it picked up by Kate. I have tried to get it to work
> with Kate v16 and Kate v17 but to no avail.
> U have any ideas ?

Did you find and follow the instructions for making such a file active?

I can't recite them off the top of my head, but I did create a .xml 
highlighting file.  I think the prime requirement is to put it in a specific 

On my Debian Wheezy, kde 4.8.4, kate 3.8.4 system, the .xml files are in 


If you put the file there, and then restart kate, you should be able to go to  
Tools --> Hightlighting (or Tools --> Mode--I'm not clear on the difference 
between the two, and my .xml files show up on both, and I can select it either 
place) and find your highlighting file--there are a lot of categories there, and 
you may have to look through all of them to find your highlighting file.

Then, with a file loaded into kate which you want to highlight, go to the Tools 
--> Hightlighting (or Mode) menu and select your .xml file.

There is a way to have kate pick the proper highlighting file automatically 
based (at least) on the file extension (maybe also without a file extension 
based on the "magic number" recognition of the type of file.

I set mine up to be automatically recognized, but I don't recall how I did it.

Hmm, kate version 16 and 17--hmm, I don't recognize those numbers--are those 
very old or very new?

I guess your question would have saved me typing if you had been more explicit 
about how you tried to get the file to work--where did you install it and what 
did you do after installing it.

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