I'm using vim for writing LaTeX documents. I also have vim-latex installed. While I'm writing my documents in the editor, I get ligatures for that piece of text which is meaningful for the LaTeX language. For example, when I type an en-dash as defined by the language (--), I get a continuous dash line which is the size of two consecutive dashes, instead. I don't find this feature helpful and sometimes even confusing. So I want to see the document as it is while I'm using the editor. Is there any option to set this feature off?


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This is a part of standard filetype plugin, see :h tex.vim for a complete info.

That particular feature is controlled by :h g:tex_conceal

So it's enough to add let g:tex_conceal = '' to your vimrc (or to disable only ligatures and accents: let g:tex_conceal = 'dmgs', i.e. no 'a' in tex_conceal's value).

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    So the technical term for this feature is concealing. That's maybe why I couldn't find anything relevant to my problem. I didn't know what it is called in vim. Thanks for the answer. Jan 2, 2020 at 10:09
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    Also let g:tex_conceal = 'bdmgs' should have b because otherwise, it would also conceal bold and italics. Jan 2, 2020 at 10:12
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    Also you can turn off conceal by setting conceallevel, but that’s the big hammer where Matt gives the little hammer
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 2, 2020 at 14:24
  • @D.BenKnoble Yes, conceal in Vim is a general feature not confined to TeX. Notably, it's used by indentLines / vim-indent-guides and, perhaps, some other plugins. Fully disabling it is possible, but shouldn't be generally recommended.
    – Matt
    Jan 2, 2020 at 14:50

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