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Auto close of html tags and jsp, php, asp tags in notepad++ and a semicolon at the end of the line written of scriptlets

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I use and I like it

I specifically want it to do this :

  1. Close automatically HTML tags. (eg. </div>)
  2. Close tags after starting with proper indention for .jsp, .asp, .php files. (eg.<% %>, <?php ?>)
  3. Put a semicolon at the line end by default (whenever I start a new line inside <?php ?>)

For (1), it is really frustrating for me, when I want to write HTML tags in php files.
I upgraded to 6.5.1, and tried the TextFX, but it works only with files which have the extension .html or .htm

Could someone please guide me in achieving these features?

How to&Answers:

Regarding auto-closing html tags, for me only having html as the language didn’t do the trick.

(This answer is incomplete, but is too large for a comment given the images.)


Changing the auto-complete preferences, as below, worked:

  • Settings > Preferences

settings_prefs

  • Auto-Completion tab > Auto-Insert section > html/xml close tag

auto-insert

I use Notepad++ v6.5.2

Answer:

If you are editing a PHP file and want it to auto-complete the HTML tags, in addition to turning on “Auto-insert HTML/XML tags” in Preferences, you have to change the programming language to HTML while editing that file.

In Notepad++, go to the Language menu, and find HTML and click on it.

This will set the file’s language to HTML so that auto-complete tags will work in a PHP file.

Even with the language set to HTML, it still highlights anything in <?php ?> tags as PHP code, and it does not affect auto-closing of brackets, if you have that enabled.

You must have Auto-Insert html/xml close tags on, as mentioned in Noha’s answer.

  • Settings > Preferences
  • Auto-Completion tab > Auto-Insert section > html/xml close tag

Answer:

For 2. you can’t enter custom pairs for auto-complete (in the Auto-Insert section) with two characters. So this is not possible without a plugin. If I find one, I will update my answer.

  1. However, for auto closing code with semicolon “;”, you can use this option and “trick” Notepad++ to not put it on every line inside a php tag (which I don’t believe is a good use case), but put it only when needed. I tested with ; and ; as opening and closing tags, which essentialy gives you what you need (without the php tags check though) and it’s not so nice. But if you use an opening tag of “$” and a closing one “;”, then you can get an auto-close functionality whenever you use a variable (which will mean you are writing code).

Please note that using < and > or any other similar pairs will break other auto-complete functionality (including the auto-close html tags). This is certainly bad, because it would be nice to have both <> auto close and html tags auto-close.