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I want to get Emacs (GNU Emacs 23.2 for Windows, to be precise, but I'm hoping it'd be the same answer for Linux!) to display colors. Googling turns up a lot of responses that see to involve writing code, downloading stuff from strange websites, etc. Maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing / don't know the correct term.
I just downloaded Emacs 23.2 (for Windows) and colours are on by default. Where did get your copy, and how are you running it?
I downloaded it from GNU and ran it. Since there's no install, no DLLs, no registry settings... I don't see how I could have screwed anything up. But it does not show colors. Text is all dark on a white background.
Emacs doesn't know about VBScript out of the box, so you will need to download to get that. See VisualBasicMode.
I believe we also want a .BAT (perl script) to be in color, too. Preferably, any script.
Is that a DOS batch script or a perl script? Emacs comes with a perl-mode but it's associated with .pl, .pm or .perl files by default, if your .bat files are perl scripts (kind of strange) you should add this to your .emacs file: