I want to replace the regular expression
`.*` by bolding
.* and not displaying the backticks. So I want
`elem` to become elem
I looked into these questions about how to prettify strings rather than chars:
I do not understand the answers however. But the answer to this question states prettify-symbols does not support regular expressions anyway and that one needs to use font lock keywords. The wiki entry is not exactly helpful in my opinion; it does not show what the code on the page actually does, but as far as I understand it, apparently it coincidentally is supposed to make some keywords bold (page uses the word highlight... whatever that is supposed to mean here). So I copied and modified it into my init.el like so:
(font-lock-add-keywords 'haskell-mode '(("`.*`" (1 'font-lock-variable-name-face) (3 'font-lock-keyword-face) (5 'font-lock-keyword-face) (6 'font-lock-keyword-face))))
When I do M + x
font-lock-mode a string matched by the regex won't by changed.
But I did not expect this to work as I have no idea what I am doing here anyway. Am I even going in the right direction here with that font-lock thing?