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Does VIM have a way to show symbols as characters?

So lambda can be displayed as λ (yet keep its underlying ascii text) for example.

Something like emacs pretty-symbols

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    Yes, you may want to look at the conceal option : :h conceal. – nobe4 Jan 13 '17 at 7:36
  • @nobe4 worth adding as answer? – ideasman42 Jan 13 '17 at 7:39
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You can do this with Vim syntax's conceal feature, which allows you to hide matched text or replace it with a single character:

:syntax match keyword "\<lambda\>" conceal cchar=λ
:set conceallevel=1

For more details, see:

:help conceal
:help conceallevel
:help concealcursor
  • Thanks for the starting point, but this doesn't isolate lambda, eg: lambdafoobar turns into λfoobar – ideasman42 Jan 13 '17 at 10:06
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    Probably syntax keyword might be better – muru Jan 13 '17 at 10:14
  • @muru Good point. – Rich Jan 13 '17 at 13:20
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    @ideasman42 You didn't say it needed to! ;) It's an easy fix: I've edited my answer. – Rich Jan 13 '17 at 13:20

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