I use vim with vim-latex for editing latex files. I always have hard wrapping enabled using set tw=80. I also have the default vim-latex auto indent settings enabled.

I wonder if there is a way to disable hard wrapping and any form of automatic indentation when I am in a maths environment? That is, when I am between \begin{IEEEeqnarray*} and \end{IEEEeqnarray*}, for example, or any other maths environment.

There is a partial answer here: Why does vim still auto-indent LaTeX after I set noai noci nosi? It doesn't help with disabling text wrapping though.

Thanks in advance!


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The following solution is loosely based on inkarkat's OnSyntaxChange and uses the built-in vimtex function vimtex#syntax#in_mathzone (see here). I have the following code in .vim/after/ftplugin/tex.vim. Every time the cursor moves or a buffer is entered, the function checks whether the current syntax zone is a maths zone, and adjusts indentation and text wrapping accordingly.

function! SwitchTextWidth()
        if vimtex#syntax#in_mathzone()
                setlocal tw=0 noautoindent nosmartindent nocindent indentexpr&
                setlocal tw=85 autoindent smartindent cindent indentexpr=VimtexIndentExpr()
augroup cursor_moves
        autocmd! * <buffer>
        autocmd CursorMoved  <buffer> call SwitchTextWidth()
        autocmd CursorMovedI <buffer> call SwitchTextWidth()
        autocmd BufEnter     <buffer> call SwitchTextWidth()
augroup END

I chose to write my own function, rather than use OnSyntaxChange, so that I could use the built-in vimtex mathzone check.

  • The executes at the end are not necessary, and you would do well to wrap that in an augroup (you can then use autocmd! * <buffer> to clear the group, same as you would normally with autocmd! for a global augroup/autocommand pairing.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 15:35
  • Thanks for the suggestions! Just edited the code to implement them.
    – chaffdog
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 16:04

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