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Create Your Own Syntax Highlighting in Vim

Sep 15, 2011, 21:10 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Lee Schlesinger for this link. ]

"Before you start building your own syntax highlighting rules, it may help to look at an existing set of rules. There are two ways you can do this:

"Open a file for which Vim has preloaded rules (e.g. an HTML file) and type :syntax.

"Edit one of the *.vim files in $VIM/syntax/.

"Most language syntax files have a lot of rules, so don't get overwhelmed; just take a quick look at the style of the rules.

"An easy way to get the right setup for your new syntax file is to copy one of the existing files from $VIM/syntax/ and then delete most of its content, keeping only what you need and modifying it as you like. Alternatively, just create a file with the entries here. The example I'm going to use is for a todo list, with categories such as work, home, and personal. It might look a bit like this:"

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