Often enough a text file is structured as a collection of blocks or cells of some kind. E.g., slides in a Tex Beamer presentation, bibtex items, function definitions, etc.

I wonder if vim can facilitate highlighting of the current "cell" only, letting thereby the part I'm currently working on to stand out from the rest?

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    Maybe start from this plugin: github.com/junegunn/limelight.vim
    – VanLaser
    Mar 14 '17 at 11:39
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    @VanLaser: awesome plugin, almost does the job. I can definitely continue from there. Thank you for the advice!
    – vbond
    Mar 14 '17 at 12:20
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    @vbond if you decided to use limelight, please do post an answer about using it!
    – muru
    Mar 16 '17 at 5:49
  • @vbond if you could provide an example of the syntax and it is a regexp you can write your own highlighting
    – Steve
    May 9 '18 at 4:34
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    @vbnod did you manage to extend limelight into what you wanted? Is the code available?
    – chicks
    Aug 7 '18 at 2:10

I guess you need to focus, like this:


  • Thanks @laktak. Nice one, although not quite what I meant: I need to highlight a part with all the syntax items in it. Nevertheless, good to know about the focus too.
    – vbond
    Mar 15 '17 at 10:57
  • You could try to look at vimawesome.com or update your question with an example.
    – laktak
    Mar 15 '17 at 13:19

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