I assume the only documentation that comes with vim are about vim.

If I install plugins there will be documentations of the plugins as well.

But are there documentations for other languages in vim?

An example would be, say I am coding in python in Vim, and want to quickly look up list comprehensions in Python. It would be great if I can just type :h python-doc in Vim and the Python documentation is brought up in Vim documentation.

Other examples would be :h markdown to bring up markdown syntax etc.

Is this kind of thing already on the web? Are there such docs which I can download and :helptags? I tried to google but it didn't work, because for example if I google vim markdown documentation google thinks I want to know how to write markdown in vim and brings up links like the markdown plugin for Vim...

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    I don't think this exists, but it could be a really cool plugin.
    – DJMcMayhem
    Oct 15, 2016 at 16:55
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    Well, I don't know of any, and while this would be cool, it would be also a lot of effort to convert existing documentation to vim-help file. Oct 15, 2016 at 18:15
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    There are plugins which show the help for the current function while doing autocompletion (like in my question here), but I don't know of any like you describe.
    – muru
    Oct 16, 2016 at 4:32
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    Take a look at ref. There are many resources for it out there. A partial list of said resources has been compiled in the wiki. You'll need to do some leg work to make full use of it, but you'll never look back.
    – lcd047
    Oct 16, 2016 at 5:43
  • Just want to throw out there that gD can jump to the definition of a function that is defined in standard libraries if you are writing C code. I think that's kind of related to the question. Nov 18, 2016 at 0:13

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Take a look at either

vim-plugin-viewdoc to view help inside vim (it supports a lot of sources and can be extended)

or investigate.vim which can be used to look up documentation in your browser.

For python there is also pydoc.vim.

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