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*pi_paren.txt*  For Vim version 7.1.  Last change: 2006 Jun 14

		  VIM REFERENCE MANUAL    by Bram Moolenaar

Highlighting matching parens			*matchparen*

The functionality mentioned here is a |standard-plugin|.
This plugin is only available if 'compatible' is not set.

You can avoid loading this plugin by setting the "loaded_matchparen" variable:
	:let loaded_matchparen = 1

The plugin installs CursorMoved autocommands to redefine the match

To disable the plugin after it was loaded use this command:


And to enable it again:


The highlighting used is MatchParen.  You can specify different colors with
the ":highlight" command.  Example:

	:hi MatchParen ctermbg=blue guibg=lightblue

The characters to be matched come from the 'matchpairs' option.  You can
change the value to highlight different matches.  Note that not everything is
possible.  For example, you can't highlight single or double quotes, because
the start and end are equal.

The syntax highlighting attributes are used.  When the cursor currently is not
in a string or comment syntax item, then matches inside string and comment
syntax items are ignored.  Any syntax items with "string" or "comment"
somewhere in their name are considered string or comment items.

The search is limited to avoid a delay when moving the cursor.  The limits
- What is visible in the window.
- 100 lines above or below the cursor to avoid a long delay when there are
  closed folds.
- 'synmaxcol' times 2 bytes before or after the cursor to avoid a delay
  in a long line with syntax highlighting.

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