Creating visual que points to complex documents

  • Sonikk

    Sonikk - 2013-10-12


    I'm using Notepad++ to write javascript files that often become complex and long. The document map feature that shows a mini-version of the document is really cool, but it makes me miss an additional feature: It would be really cool if one could create large visual cues in the documents. For example, it would be really awesome if we could change the font-size of some headlines to be really huge.

    I know Notepad++ isn't a rich text editor, but I think there might be some clever ways around that.

    For example, what if we could simply input a special string inside a comment and Notepad++ would know from that string to make the font size of that comment very large?

    Or maybe another way to do it would be to have a separate cache file that would remember the font choices based on file name and location? This way the actual document would not be "tainted" by rich text cues.

    Last edit: Sonikk 2013-10-12
  • Andreas Jonsson

    Andreas Jonsson - 2013-10-12

    One solution might be to use bookmarks (Ctrl-F2) for this. A bookmark currently makes a small visual difference in the document map, but it's not enough.

  • Christophe Meriaux

    Helllo Sonikk,
    I think Npp is ready to do what you want to do.
    Please look my screenshot :

    • Comment are Bigger
    • Preprocesser is very bigger
    • bool is litle biger...

    In the menu style configurator, for each language, for each style, you can define the font style of the style :

    • Font name
    • Font size ( use it to make style as big as you want )
    • Bold
    • Italic
    • Underline

    If you need, create your own java style to define a new element of the grammar.
    This new element would trigger a special style comment title

    Code java

    //Title : My Title 1
    // normal comment:
    document.getElementById("myH1").innerHTML="Welcome to my Homepage";
    //Title : My Title 2
    // normal comment:
    document.getElementById("myP").innerHTML="This is my first paragraph.";
  • Christophe Meriaux

    Here is a easier solution

    Use for a title comment // ........
    Use for a normal comment /* ...... */

    In the menu style configurator, language Javascript, Style=CommentLine :

    configure the style you want for your title comment : Font, Font size, Bold, Italic, Underline

    Look at my screenshot.

  • Sonikk

    Sonikk - 2013-10-14

    Oh wow, what a nice surprise that it is already possible! Thank you very much for letting me know about this!

  • Sonikk

    Sonikk - 2013-10-16

    Bummer, I did some testing and it looks like the document map doesn't show the bigger headlines. I guess that my feature request should be that the document map would accurately reflect the styles of the document.

    Last edit: Sonikk 2013-10-16

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