This is the question I'm referring to: the answer I provided contains some valid C code.
It is intended with 8 space chars.
The code is not colored as it does usually (at least on stackoverflow).

Did something change - or SF does not provide coloring like SO does?


3 Answers 3


If the question had been tagged , your code block would have worked. But, it wasn't.

You could add the tag, I suppose... But that seems lame, since the question wasn't about C.

So your next best option is to simply force syntax highlighting for your code block, by prefixing it with a special comment:

<!-- language: lang-c -->

    ... code goes here, indented by four spaces as usual ...

I've done this for you. Enjoy!

  • Thanks... The desperately unexpected answer!
    – Déjà vu
    Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 4:47

We turned off code-coloring because text enclosed in code brackets here is so very rarely something SO has a dissector for. Things like umpty lines of syslog entries, random java stack-dumps in application-specific log-files, or RFC quotations don't react well to syntax-coloring for most programming languages. We have a few tags where they're turned on, is one such I believe, but in general we don't syntax-color here.

  • That sounds like a wise decision. But you should have a way to force color highlighting. (e.g. using the <code> tag - that I tried also)
    – Déjà vu
    Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 3:19
  • I was going to say that you could, but I just tried a test post here on meta and it doesn't seem to permit you even if you explicitly request it.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 3:46
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    @Zoredache: meta doesn't have any syntax highlighting enabled. The main site does. Your test would have worked on the main site...
    – Shog9
    Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 4:24

Syntax highlighting of programming languages really doesn't make a whole lot of sense on a non-programming site. SF is not SO, so don't expect things to work identically.

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