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is an option for Cell which specifies whether styles that are specified to be automatically used for various syntactic and other constructs should be shown.
  • The default setting is ShowAutoStyles->True.
  • Details of automatic styles can be specified in the setting for AutoStyleOptions.
  • For example, unmatched delimiters such as brackets are by default shown in purple.
Create a raw box structure with an unmatched brace:
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Compare a cell that automatically highlights the unmatched brace with one that does not:
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