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Editor Language Properties

Enterprise Architect enables you to specify syntax highlighting properties for all the programming languages that Enterprise Architect supports at installation.

Access:     Tools | Options | Source Code Engineering > Code Editors : Syntax Highlighting Options (...)

Use to:

  • Configure Syntax highlighting for various coding languages




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General Features

The Syntax Highlighting Options button displays the Editor Language properties dialog

The panel on the left of the dialog lists the languages for which you can set properties

The (Global) item at the top of the list enables you to set properties that apply to all programming languages; however, you can reset a global property to a different value for a specific language, on the page for that language

Resetting a global property for one language does not affect that property's value for the other languages

Click on the required language in the list, to display the properties for that language:

  • Properties shown in bold indicate that this is the highest level at which this property can be defined (for most language options other than Global, this is effectively the only point at which the property is defined)
  • Properties shown in normal font are generally the global properties that you can reset just for the current language

Scroll through the property categories and individual properties for the language; you can collapse and expand categories as necessary, using the expansion box next to the category name (expansion box)

When you click on a property name, an explanation of that property displays in the panel at the bottom right of the dialog


Define Properties

To define a property, click on the value field following the property name; depending on the type of property, either the field is enabled for direct editing or a drop-down arrow or Browse button displays (as described for the Tagged Values window) to enable you to select the values to define the property

Select or type in the required values

The Toolbar icons enable you to:

  • Save your changes to the properties
  • Reset ALL properties fields to the default settings shipped with Enterprise Architect
  • Reset the current style field to the default setting (not enabled for non-style fields)

Tagged Values

Assign Keys to Macros

The Macros category enables you to assign (Ctrl+Alt+n) keystroke combinations to coding macros that you have created yourself in the Source Code Viewer

When you click on the Browse button in a selected Macro field, the Open Macro dialog displays; this dialog lists the existing macros and, if a key combination has been assigned to a macro, what that key combination is

Click on the name of the macro and on the Open button to assign the selected keys to the macro

Source Code Viewer


  • You cannot currently set properties for any additional languages you include through an MDG Technology
  • You can resize this dialog, if required

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