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Questions tagged [syntax-highlighting]

Syntax highlighting is the use of colours, size, typeface, or other attributes to visually indicate it has a special meaning and therefore make it easier to understand the text. For example, marking language keywords with a specific colour.

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How to edit the highlighting of the function names in c++ syntax

I want to change the highlighting of the function names inside a c++ file, here is an example As you can see in the previous picture functions names have their own color, parser(), parse(), ...
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How do I prevent vim from hiding symbols in markdown and json?

This drives me crazy, I do :set ft=text To see something, otherwise all the links disappear in markdown and quotes in JSON. How do disable this once and for all?
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vim python syntax not working (Partly)

Vim only seems to highlight comments, numbers, and imported modules. So function calls, attributes, etc are all non-highlighted. I have 'syntax on' and 'filetype plugin indent on' in my vimrc. syntax ...
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How can I make highlighting commands in .vimrc take effect immediately with Vim 7.4?

I have several highlight commands in my .vimrc file. In Vim 7.3, these took effect immediately after Vim had started. After updating to Vim 7.4, this is not the case anymore. Vim uses its default ...
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Use combining characters in concealment character

Are combining characters allowed in a concealment character? The following does not seem to work: syntax match underdot "a\." conceal cchar=ạ The underdot is U+0323. This syntax conceals a. simply ...
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How would one change the spell-checking style while preserving highlight color?

Currently when working with vim's spellcheck a word is highlighted a certain color based on the type of error it is. Instead of highlighting the erroneous word I'd like it to be underlined with the ...
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How to use vim as an error checker?

I'm transitioning to vim and I love the feature other IDEs provided in which when I wrote something with a syntax error it accuses me through a red underlining. I don't know what this type of feature ...
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Fold: Different highlight style for fold of each filetype

Extend of this question of fold: Fold: foldtext() for each filetype We have fold for each filetype now but each fold need different highlight style of color, because highlight is global I tried to ...
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Interactive syntax-highligting: highlight the current region only

Often enough a text file is structured as a collection of blocks or cells of some kind. E.g., slides in a Tex Beamer presentation, bibtex items, function definitions, etc. I wonder if vim can ...
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markdown html-element syntax highlighting fails when line has leading spaces

For some reason, my html elements stop being highlighted when they are preceded by 4 or more spaces. I use spaces to do indentation for nested elements, so this is quite unfortunate. This only ...
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SpecialKey foreground color w/ cursorline set

In this Q&A, it's observed that there is a highlight group for CursorLineNr, which applies to the line number for the cursor line when set cursorline is on. I notice that using cursorline also ...
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Change background color of git conflict marker sections

If git is performing a 3-way merge and has a conflict it can't resolve, it marks up that area of the file like this: No unresolvable conflicts here <<<<<<< HEAD xyz ||||||| ...
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Installing a Vim package. syntax highlighting does not turn on

I want to use the nuweb.vim extension for syntax highlighting nuweb files. Long story short, nuweb files are basically a super-set of latex files. There is added syntax and markers to embed code-...
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Syntax folder under plugin/foo/syntax/foo.vim not automatically applied when filetype change?

I have a plugin under nvim/plugin/foo, but the syntax file nvim/plugin/foo/syntax/foo.vim is not automatically applied when the filetype change, but if I put it under nvim/syntax/foo.vim it works I'...
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Syntax highlighting for markdown can't be set manually

If the file is named *.markdown then the highlighting works correctly. If it is named *.md then it doesn't work. Even if I type :set syntax=markdown, the highlighting doesn't turn on. With other ...
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ruby syntax highlighting lost on long files

With a "long" ruby file (896 lines in my case) the ruby syntax highlighting is lost when I G to the bottom of the file. Once that happens and I go back to the top with gg, the syntax highlighting ...
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How to make a syntax region stop on empty lines?

I would like to adapt this syntax file so that the formatting in VIM matches more closely what this online Markdown editor (GitLab-flavor) displays (the output on the right is relevant, this is how I ...
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How to highlight unused Python imports in VIM

I want to highlight unused Python imports as Python syntax errors. For example, I sometimes forget to remove some packages used for debugging such as time, ipdb. It would be great to see warnings or ...
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Command to list all customizable color highlights

A few days ago I found a command that allowed me to view all the syntax colors in a theme. I could then determine what highlight I needed to change in order to customize the theme. Can you help me ...
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How to selectively turn specific highlight group on and off from vim session?

I have in my .vimrc: hi SpellBad ctermfg=7 ctermbg=0* cterm=underline hi Nonascii ctermbg=Black ctermfg=Red cterm=none hi [...] Some config files I need to look at contains so many unknown words ...
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Highlighting another syntax in a shell heredoc

I edited my original question and title to broaden its scope to any syntax - with SQL used as just an example. You can adapt the examples and the answer to other languages. By adding suitable ...
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highlight link with condition file does not exist

For a wiki syntax plugin, i'd like to have two highlighting colors for links. Links already having a destination file should be green and links with no destination yet should be red. [[This file ...
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Vim syntax line matching mechanism

Can someone explain or link to valid explanation information on the syntax highlighting mechanism. In particular I am having having a hard time understanding how rules are applied. Imagine the ...
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Enable syntax highlight between custom tags [duplicate]

When I work with ruby .erb files, vim correctly detect javascript blocks and highlights them accordingly: ... colored html ... <script> ... colored javascript ... </script> ... more ...
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Invalid syntax for a bash file called catalog

I have a file written in bash (with the she-bang) and called "catalog", and the syntax highlighting is incorrect. If I rename the file, the colors become correct. I have not configured anything in ...
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Is there a conflict between `syntax enable` and custom keywords?

I have the following minimal .vimrc file: " syntax enable syntax case match syntax keyword MyTodo TODO PENDING syntax keyword MyTodoIP IN PROGRESS syntax keyword MyTodoClosed CLOSED COMPLETE DONE ...
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Add keywords to a highlight group

Todo highlight group currently highlights TODO and FIXME keywords. What do I do to add NOTE, and possibley more keywords, to this existing highlight group, for all file types?
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Enabling Syntax in Vim Creates Lag

I was trying to learn javascript the other day and was using emacs as I have been trying to learn emacs as well. But after sometimes my left wrist started to hurt(as one's does) so I switched to ...
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Syntax Highlighting a region inside the start match of another region

I have two syntax region defined as follows: syntax region xBCD start="b" end="d" hi def link xBCD Todo syntax region xBlock start="\z(abcde\)\zs::" end=";" hi def link xBlock Comment and a text ...
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How to copy text with syntax highlighting?

Want a simple way, like notepad++ plugin: NppExport - Export to RTF, to copy selected text with syntax highlighting. Notepad++, NppExport, Export to RTF example: Select text Copy RTF Paste ...
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Set cursor colour different when on a highlighted word

With the current colourscheme I have been using, it is hard to find where the cursor is positioned when navigating through search results. The highlighting colour and the cursor colour are blending in ...
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List known filetypes

How can I get a list of the names of filetypes that vim currently knows about? I want to be able to do this so that when vim doesn't automatically detect a filetype I can try some of the filetypes ...
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How to use different colorscheme and syntax highlighting in vim?

Suppose I want to use this colorscheme: https://github.com/NLKNguyen/papercolor-theme I copied the PaperColor.vim file into .vim/colors and made my .vimrc: syntax on colorscheme PaperColor ...
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Ignore acronyms as spelling errors in TeX files

My LaTeX files contain lots of acronyms and they are often highlighted as spelling errors. I tried to ignore acronyms by adding syn match AcronymNoSpell '\<\(\u\|\d\)\{3,}s\?\>' contains=@...
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custom syntax hilighting lost on single LaTeX file

I use vimtex plugin for writing tex documents in vim8. I added custom hilight for sections in my .vimrc like so: autocmd FileType tex :syntax match texSectioning "\\section.*" The texSectioning is ...
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Enable syntax highlighting in vim using colorschemes?

In my installation of vim 8.1 (compiled from source) syntax highlighting is not working. The runtime path ($VIMRUNTIME) is set to /XYZ/VIM8/installnew/share/vim/vim81 which contains (autoload, ...
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gVim - Use different fonts using :highlight

I want to set gVim font size for Comment highlight group. When I set it, it does not do anything (the font is still the same but color changes). My .gvimrc: se guifont=Fira\ Mono\ Regular\ 10 hi ...
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Pattern to match the label of a JavaScript object field when the colon is not followed by another colon or an equal sign

I wrote a syntax highlighting .vim file. One of the expressions is used to color the label in a JavaScript object declaration: name: 'value' ^^^^ I want to see the name in a different color. My ...
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My C like Comments include markdown, can I have vim highlight those in my JavaScript (Node.js) code? [duplicate]

I write a lot of C/C++ and get highlighting for my Doxygen docs in my comments. It's not perfect, but it sure helps avoiding many very simple mistakes on the spot. To handle that, I simply have the ...
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Is it possible to make a specific section have a different syntax? [duplicate]

I am working with markdown and writing snippets like: ```c int main() { return 0; } ``` It is highlighted as a code in vim. However would it possible for the c ...
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Syntax highlight works for gvim but not for terminal vim

I am new to vim and I want to code in vim. I have installed the necessary plugins for syntax highlighting JSX in TypeScript and everything works fine for GUI version of Vim but not for terminal-based ...
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Why does second const VARNAME not have syntax highlighting?

I copied and pasted a .php file and edited it. It went from: <?php class Foo { const RESET = 'reset'; to <?php class Foo { const RESET = 'reset'; const ...
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Make Vim stop highlighting certain underscores in my Markdown as errors

I'm using Kramdown-flavored Markdown in several of my Jekyll websites. Vim highlights all the underscores in those documents as errors, coloring them (in my color scheme) with bright red backgrounds. ...
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How to know which highlighting group is used for the background of a word?

Vim highlights the background of certain words (e.g. when doing spellchecking) in a way that I would like to change (because the background and the word itself are almost of the same color, which ...
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Analog of mmm mode

Is there an analog of mmm mode for vim? This would allow me to have syntax highlighting of several modes in the same file.
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How do I make ftdetect rule recognize syntax statement at the end of a file?

I'm using a syntax highlight plugin for Nginx files. Its ftdetect looks like this: au BufRead,BufNewFile *.nginx set ft=nginx au BufRead,BufNewFile nginx*.conf set ft=nginx au BufRead,BufNewFile *...
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Vim: Is it possible to modify syntax rule of the Folded group?

Thank Vim's folding, I can hide irrelevant parts of code/document and work on a small spot of the file. More and more I organize the folded first lines as an outline of the whole file, in each level. ...
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Why doesn't undercurl use underline in my terminal?

:help undercurl states: "undercurl" is a curly underline. When "undercurl" is not possible then "underline" is used. In general "undercurl" and "strikethrough" is only available in the GUI. But if ...
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How to set a colorscheme that still shows spelling errors?

How to set a colorscheme that still shows spelling errors? I am looking for two combined effects that I can acquire separately but not yet together. Set Colorscheme alone: OK. If I want highlights ...
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How to change one syntax behaviour in vim

The shebang line has an annoying background color, how to change it to have the same color of comments. This is a Haskell file.