List of keywords, predefined names, symbols for codeless language module for BBEdit?

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asked Jan 13 in Question / help by rkrug (300 points)


I am writing a codless language module for BBEdit ( to have syntax highlighting, folding, completion, ... for plantuml files in BBEdit.

For this, I need all the keywords, function names, predefined names, and grammar information (block delimiter, comments, ...). I could read through the examples, but is there an easier way of getting this list?

My initial attempts (less than alpha and still many leftovers from the R definition I started with) can be found at - please feel free to contribute.



commented Jan 13 by albert (2,900 points)

Did you have a look at the words as provided by:

java -Djava.awt.headless=true -jar plantuml.jar  -language

might also be useful when updating your keyword list.

commented Jan 13 by rkrug (300 points)
That's brilliant! I will implement these and come back with further questions.
commented Jan 20 by rkrug (300 points)
Just a follow up: what is the format of the output? Can I easily parse it to automate the creation of the keywords and predefined names?
commented Jan 20 by albert (2,900 points)
I think it is just a keyword line followed by a number of items followed by the items (and looks like an empty line as well at the end of each "keyword group".

I think it is a pure dump.
commented Jan 20 by rkrug (300 points)

Thanks to Freddy at stack exchange, the following code will split the output into several files named after the first line with a semicolon:

plantuml -language | awk -F';' '
  NF==0 { next }
  NF>1 { filename=$2; getline; next }
  { print > filename }

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