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Hi! I've been using Notepad++ with user-languages to write easy-to-read stories for learners of Spanish. I load a frequency list as a user language, set the default font to red and the words in the list to black, and this way I can type away while always being aware if the words I'm using are high-frequency or not.


Since Notepad++ can only be used on Windows, I'm looking for alternatives for other platforms: MacOS and iOS, especifically. All I need is a text editor that allows me to create custom language dictionaries and gives me a way to highlight words outside each dictionary.


Thank you!

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BBEdit on Mac supports custom syntax highlighting: 




You could define a custom language with whatever keywords you want and color them that way.


There’s a free 30 day trial available on their website.


On iOS, if you search the App Store for “syntax highlighting” there are a bunch of editors that support it, but I don’t know which of them let you customize your own languages.

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