AFAIK vimwiki's markdown syntax doesn't emphasize in any way blockquotes. I mean:

> This is a quote

is presented instead as simple text. For reading notes it can be confusing. So, how do you highlight both the > and the quote?

  • I'm pretty sure https://github.com/sheerun/vim-polyglot has highlighting for block quotes, if that's an option. Oct 17, 2020 at 14:13
  • I've tried several colorschemes, both dark and light versions, and not a single one highlights either the > nor the whole block of text, @D.BenKnoble
    – Ludenticus
    Oct 17, 2020 at 17:29
  • I found no definition for markdownBlockquote in https://github.com/blueshirts/darcula/blob/master/colors/darcula.vim. It has only extra headers highlighting.
    – Ludenticus
    Oct 17, 2020 at 18:32
  • I realize that vimwiki's markdown syntax doesn't highlight it, and it's not affected by `markdownBlockquote' settings. I rephrased the question.
    – Ludenticus
    Oct 18, 2020 at 15:54
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    @Ludenticus dracula =/= darcula, but I'll delete my comment since it's markdown specific
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 18, 2020 at 18:21

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You can modify the behavior of syntax files. Create a file at .vim/syntax/after/markdown.vim with the contents:

"highlight the entire block quote
syn match Statement "^> .*"

Note 'Statement' can be any highlight group. You can see a list of highlight groups with :so $VIMRUNTIME/syntax/hitest.vim)

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