Searching through various packages documentation and this site I have found how to write inline verbatim text, that is (when neccessary) broken at the end of line. For this feature, I am using \Verb{} command provided by package fvextra. This works perfectly well, but I would like to achieve also highlighting the verbatim text, still preserving the automatic line-breaking.

With text, that doesnt require too much escaping, I am effectively using command \texttt{}, which is highlightable by command \hl{} provided by soul package.

Can the same effect be achived also for text with \Verb{} command?


\documentclass [a4paper, 12pt, twoside, openright] {scrbook}

\usepackage [left=2.5cm, right=2cm, bottom=3cm, headheight=15.3pt] {geometry}       


   breakafter=\space ,





Test of \Verb{\Verb{}} command working at the end of line \Verb{text that should go on as long as it is forced to be broken at the end of line}.

Test of \Verb{\texttt{}} command working at the end of line, that is also highlighted \hl{\texttt{text that should go on as long as it is forced to be broken at the end of line}}.

There is some text to make sure that argument of command \Verb{\Verb{}} will be broken  \hl{{\Verb{Text in Verb}}, but the highlighting with soul doesnt work.

fvextra's \Verb{...} can be used inside other commands, unlike \verb and some other verbatim commands. When this is done, \Verb behaves like \texttt, except that it performs a lot of analysis so that almost all characters will work except for #, %, unpaired curly braces {}, multiple adjacent spaces, double carets ^^, and some situations involving backslashes. So the easiest solution for most cases is to define a new command wrapping \Verb and \hl, perhaps something like this in the preamble:


If you need a broader range of characters than what \Verb can handle when wrapped in another command, you might consider using \EscVerb instead, which makes the backslash into an escape for non-alphanumeric ASCII characters.

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  • Hello Mr. Poore, thank you for your answer. Your suggested \newcommand definition works for my MWE perfectly, but my MWE maybe wasnt constructed properly (and has been then misleading). If I put ANY TeX special character as argument of \HLVerb it is by TeX recognised as such (those are mostly underscores _) which leads to TeX failing compilation and looking for inline math ... The same happens if I use \EscVerb in simillar manner. I still feel as TeX beginner (regular user?), so even for educational purposes I would like to ask you what does this newcommand definition do? – Tomáš Kruliš Jan 2 at 19:42
  • I understand first two lines. In Wiki, I found that \edef is defining new command with expansion of next command sequence. But I cant find what is the original definition of command \hverb@tmp{#1} ? I will also work on understanding \expandafter; what I found out yet means that first is exapnded second \expandafter ; then \hl{exapansion product} is expanded too ... ? If my follow-up comments are not entirely clear, I edit my question with MWE that would display my situation more specifically. – Tomáš Kruliš Jan 2 at 19:57

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