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I want to highlight all the numbers appearing in an input code of a certain program by, for example, coloring them. By numbers I mean integer, rational and floating point numbers. I am trying with the listings page but with no success. I have noticed that specific numbers can be formatted with the morekeywords and alsoletter options on defining the language but I want to acomplish this task for any number.

For example, I would like the code


to appear with the three numbers with color green (or whatever). Is it possible to do this in an automatic way?

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Welcome to TeX.SE. Even though it may seem trivial, it is always best to compose a MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. – Peter Grill Oct 20 '11 at 16:44
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Similar to solutions in Visualization in LaTeX of hamming distance, and Problem with the alignment of characters, you could use the literate command to define a style that is to be applied to each digit. Below I included a color for the . but commented out the color for the ,.

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As there might be a period used outside of a number context, I have defined different styles based on the assumption that any period used in a number will have a digit following it.


             {.0}{{\FormatDigit{.0}}}{2}% Following is to ensure that only periods
             {.1}{{\FormatDigit{.1}}}{2}% followed by a digit are changed.
             %{,}{{\FormatDigit{,}}{1}% depends if you want the "," in color
             {\ }{{ }}{1}% handle the space
   basicstyle=\ttfamily,%  Optional to use this

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One caveat: This would format \FormattedNumber{a.vector(<stuff>)} by also making the period blue. It would be possible, but somewhat round-about to get that fixed using mathescape=true and then using \FormattedNumber{a$.$vector(<stuff>)}. – Werner Oct 20 '11 at 17:07
@Werner: Excellent point. Have updated the solution to handle that case. – Peter Grill Oct 20 '11 at 17:19
That's perfect!!! You saved me a lot of time. Thank you!!! – Rafa Gallego Oct 20 '11 at 18:22
All replacements that include the comma should have 2 instead of 1 at the end. this defines the number of output characters and is important for the complicated spacing of listings. – stefanct Mar 29 '14 at 0:45
@stefanct: Thanks. Have corrected it. – Peter Grill Mar 29 '14 at 2:17

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