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mlescano

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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DavyJonesLocker

Can't MS word be used across all platforms?

 

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mlescano

Hi, Davy. Thank you for your reply.

I believe so. I haven't used it in a while. But, does it allow you to create custom languages?

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NinKenDo

I'm not fully understanding your exact usecase. Emacs could do this, but depends how much custom emacs-lisp you're willing to write.

 

How do I know Emacs could do it if I don't know exactly what you want? It can do anything if you're willing to write enough emacs-lisp.

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mikelove

BBEdit on Mac supports custom syntax highlighting: 

 

https://www.barebones.com/support/develop/clm.html

 

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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大块头

There may be a package for Atom (open-source multi-platform text editor) that allows you to do this.

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