Just a quick example to whet your grepetite.
I was looking at some XML code in InDesign today and wishing I could emulate Dreamweaver, Oxygen, etc, where you can pick highlighting colors for code, to make it a lot easier to read. The code was actually an example spelled out on the document page, not real live XML in the structure pane.
Even a small piece of code can be pretty taxing on my little brain when it looks like this.
I look at that and think, “when’s lunch?”
Then I think, “what’s a quick way to make the tags bold and something other than black?” I think you could get some fancy results with nested styles, but a) that was more work than I wanted to do, and b) I didn’t want to add any styles to the document.
Voila, a greplet is born.
What this dialog is saying to InDesign is, “find all my opening and closing tags and make them bold and blue.”
Literally, find “<” followed by one or more word characters “\w+” followed by “>” or “|” “</” followed by one or more word characters “\w+” followed by “>”
Hit Change All and we get this:
It still ain’t the Mona Lisa, but at least I’m not eating my lunch at 10 AM just to get away from it.