I have the following definitions in a .tex file preamble:


If I then use \beq and \eeq to define an equation array region, spell checking is turned on in this region, where it would not be if I had used \begin{eqnarray} and \end{eqnarray}. I tried to turn off spell-checking in these custom regions using the method presented here, i.e. copy the $VIMRUNTIME/syntax/tex.vim file to ~/.vim/syntax and edit the file. I added a line like

syn region texZone start="\\beq" end="\\eeq\|%stopzone\>" contains=@NoSpell

to the file, but it didn't work, and spellchecking is not disabled between \beq and \eeq tags. I am very unfamiliar with Vim syntax files, so I don't know how to debug this or take further steps. Any thoughts on how to turn off spell check just in my custom region would be appreciated.

  • I'm curious, why would you want that macro in the first place? Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 15:24
  • Just to make it faster to create an equation array environment since I use that a lot. I'm trying out Snipmate now though, and I think that will be a way more useful way to speed things up once I get it figured out. Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 16:48
  • Ok, I see. IMHO, this is not a very good idea. It makes your LaTeX very dependable on the preamble for trivial reasons. I would also suggest that you read this: You should avoid the eqnarray environment alltogether, instead use the align environment. Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 12:35

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By placing that line by itself in ~/.vim/after/syntax/tex.vim instead of adding it to a copy of $VIMRUNTIME/syntax/tex.vim in ~/.vim/syntax/tex.vim, the spell checking behavior was disabled between \beq and \eeq tags as I wanted. Unfortunately, this line doesn't tell Vim it's a math region, so math syntax highlighting is different between these tags than it is between \begin{eqnarray} and \end{eqnarray} tags.

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