Editing Rextile Documents

Textile is a format that can be easily edited in any old plain-text editor. However, adding a bit of syntax highlighting can make the experience even more pleasant.

A good trick is to set h1. and h2. and so forth to start line comments. Then format those comments with a conspicuous style—underlined, for example.


gedit is the default text editor for Gnome and can be configured well for Rextile documents. Just save this file as


and then choose “View → Highlight Mode → Markup → Rextile”.


Notepad++ is an open-source editor for Windows which can be configured rather nicely for Textile documents. Just add something like the following to your userDefineLang.xml, and then tweak it until you like it:

<UserLang name="rextile" ext="rextile">
        <Global caseIgnored="no" />
        <TreatAsSymbol comment="yes" commentLine="no" />
        <Keywords name="Delimiters">@&quot;0@&quot;0</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Folder+">&lt;div</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Folder-">&lt;/div&gt;</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Operators">@</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Comment"> 1&lt;% 2%&gt; 0h1. 0h2. 0h3.</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Words1"> h4. h5. pre.</Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Words2"></Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Words3"></Keywords>
        <Keywords name="Words4"></Keywords>
        <WordsStyle name="DEFAULT" styleID="11" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="Verdana" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="FOLDEROPEN" styleID="12" fgColor="008000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="1" />
        <WordsStyle name="FOLDERCLOSE" styleID="13" fgColor="008000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="1" />
        <WordsStyle name="KEYWORD1" styleID="5" fgColor="804040" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="Verdana" fontStyle="5" fontSize="9" />
        <WordsStyle name="KEYWORD2" styleID="6" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="KEYWORD3" styleID="7" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="KEYWORD4" styleID="8" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="COMMENT" styleID="1" fgColor="0000A0" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" fontSize="9" />
        <WordsStyle name="COMMENT LINE" styleID="2" fgColor="804000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="Verdana" fontStyle="5" />
        <WordsStyle name="NUMBER" styleID="4" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="OPERATOR" styleID="10" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="DELIMINER1" styleID="14" fgColor="008000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="DELIMINER2" styleID="15" fgColor="800000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="Verdana" fontStyle="0" />
        <WordsStyle name="DELIMINER3" styleID="16" fgColor="000000" bgColor="FFFFFF" fontName="" fontStyle="0" />


JEdit is another open-source editor, written in Java. Xilize—which inspired Rextile—comes with a plugin for JEdit that adds syntax highlighting. It can be used for Rextile documents as well.