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Syntax

Syntax highlightingWhen referring to a programming language, syntax is a set of rules for grammar and spelling. In other words, it means using character structures that a computer can interpret. For example, if a user tries to execute a command without proper syntax, it generates syntax error, usually causing the program to fail.

In a text editor that supports syntax highlighting, all of the programming language's syntax elements (e.g. a command like if) are highlighted with different colors to make it easier to read the code.

Also see: Argument, Programming terms, Command