Highlight the plain text in XML (or HTML, SGML, etc)

xmlpager() { xmlindent "$@" | awk '{gsub(">",">'`tput setf 4`'"); gsub("<","'`tput sgr0`'<"); print;} END {print "'`tput sgr0`'"}' | less -r; }
Don't want to open up an editor just to view a bunch of XML files in an easy to read format? Now you can do it from the comfort of your own command line! :-) This creates a new function, xmlpager, which shows an XML file in its entirety, but with the actual content (non-tag text) highlighted. It does this by setting the foreground to color #4 (red) after every tag and resets it before the next tag. (Hint: try `tput bold` as an alternative). I use 'xmlindent' to neatly reflow and indent the text, but, of course, that's optional. If you don't have xmlindent, just replace it with 'cat'. Additionally, this example shows piping into the optional 'less' pager; note the -r option which allows raw escape codes to be passed to the terminal.
Sample Output
$ xmlpager LuminoCity/assets/conversations/eng/*/*.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><convoscene>
    <textboxes>
        <box>RowCaptain</box><box>Crew</box><box>Lumi</box><box>Lumi_Thought</box><box>PumpSailor</box><box>Captain</box><box>boatAll.captain.Captain</box>
    </textboxes>
    <conversations>
        <conversation name="PumpSailorIntro" flow="loop" loopPoint="3">
            <linegroup>
                <line box="Lumi">Do you mind if I ask why there's a boat up here?</line><line box="PumpSailor">Well now, 'why' would suggest this was supposed to happen.</line><line box="PumpSailor">This wasn't in the Capt'n's plans, way back when.</line><line box="PumpSailor">There we were.
                    Navigating the river out to the west ocean.
                </line>
                <line box="PumpSailor">Night time. Couldn't see the hand infront of my face. 
                    Or an almighty wheel, come to that.
                </line>
                <line box="PumpSailor">Next thing we know, almighty crunch!</line><line box="PumpSailor">Boat stops rocking.
                    Starts floating.
                </line>
                <line box="PumpSailor">Then there's this mighty grinding sound. 
                    The wheel, grinding its gears.
                </line>
                <line box="PumpSailor">Boat stops moving.
                    Right here.
                </line>
                <line box="Lumi">You're stuck?</line><line box="PumpSailor">Aye. 
                    Ran a-ground, we did.
                </line>
                <line box="PumpSailor">Ran a-sky.</line>
            </linegroup>

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