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The snippets are stored in ~/.bluefish/snippets. It is an XML file, like import and export snippets files.

Bluefish has an excellent editor snippets. So it is useless to read this page unless you intend to create a large number of snippets from some documentation, eg: SVG, DOM, etc.

  • The import file must have a valid XML syntax.
  • The document must include the header: <?xml version="1.0"?>.
  • The document must be included in the container: <snippets> <snippets>
  • Any snippet must be contained in a branch: <branch title="example"> </branch>
  • The branches may contain other branches.
  • Each snippet is described in a container: <leaf> </leaf>

Syntax examples

There are two types of snippets: insert and snr, aka Search N Replace.

Insert snippets

    1. <?xml version="1.0"?>
    2. <snippets>
    3. <branch title="Facebook">
    4. <leaf type="insert" title="bold"><before>&lt;b&gt;</before><after>&lt;/b&gt;</after></leaf>
    5. <leaf type="insert" title="italic" tooltip="insert an italic tag"><before>&lt;i&gt;</before><after>&lt;/i&gt;</after></leaf>
    6. <leaf type="insert" title="Hyperlink"><before>&lt;a href="%0"&gt;</before><after>&lt;/a&gt;</after><param name="url"/></leaf>
    7. <leaf type="insert" title="em-dash"><before>&amp;mdash;</before><after></after></leaf>
    8. </branch>
    9. </snippets>
First and important, 
if you want to insert any XML reserved characters ie: < > & you have to escape them (red highlighted in example).
  • A leaf tag must have type and title attributes,
  • it also may have a tooltip attribute (line 5 of example).
    • multiline tooltip, Line Feed &#10;, Carriage return &#13;, Tab &#9;
  • Before tag is used for text to insert before, and after tag for text inserted after.
  • You have to add one or more param tags (with name attibute) if you want tu use parameters (line 6 of example).
  • <param num="1" name="image"/> The num attribute of param is not used, only the order of params declaration is used, first param for %0 etc.
  • <param name="source" is_file="1"/> If is_file is set, a Browse button is added in dialog.

Search and replace snippets

SnR snippets are a little more complex:

<leaf type="snr" title="replace 1" tooltip="introduce events" region="b" matchtype="normal" casesens="0" escapechars="0">
 <searchpat>jpg</searchpat>
 <replacepat>jpg" alt="" onmouseout="out(this);" onmouseover="popup(this,'th/</replacepat>
</leaf>

searchpat and replacepat tags,
are replacing before and after tags.
leaf tag have new attibutes,
region 
values: b (Entire document), c (forword from cursor position), s (Selection), or a (All open files).
matchtype 
values: normal, word, posix or perl.
casesens 
values: 1 (set) or 0 (unset).
escapechars 
values: 1 (set) or 0 (unset).
Shorthand character classes
you can use \w \W \s \S and . but not \d \D (use [0-9] and [^0-9] instead)

My stylesheet to snippets

todo
see in Category:Snippets repository Bluefish css2snippets snippets


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