I'm writing a VimL function that needs to behave differently for different filetypes. I know I can use &filetype to detect that, but my issue is with files that have embedded languages. Let's say I have this:

    div {
      text-color: red;
  <div>Some text</div>

If the cursor is inside the style tag, I want to know that I'm dealing with CSS. Is this possible?

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synIDattr(synID(line("."), col("."), 0), "name") will return css* (like cssStyle or cssDefinition) inside the style tag.

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    If this is something you do often then Tim Pope's scriptease.vim plugin provides zS mapping. Poor man's mapping: nnoremap zS :echo join(reverse(map(synstack(line('.'), col('.')), 'synIDattr(v:val,"name")')),' ')<cr> Mar 24, 2017 at 21:27
  • seems to return blank for me. Jan 13, 2023 at 13:16
  • @artfulrobot you need to have ft defined for it to work (for example in a syntax highlighted file)
    – laktak
    Jan 13, 2023 at 19:48
  • yeah it is defined. Jan 16, 2023 at 9:32

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