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44688Re: better recognising of tex vs plaintex filetype

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  • Benji Fisher
    Aug 30, 2006
      On Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 09:16:41PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
      > On Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 03:06:39PM -0400, Benji Fisher wrote:
      > > I do not think there is any reliable way to distinguish between
      > > plain TeX and LaTeX. After my RFC, I decided to treat plain TeX as the
      > > default, since it is the more basic, even though I agree that LaTeX is
      > > probably far more common now. I suggest adding
      > >
      > > let tex_flavor = "latex"
      > >
      > > to your vimrc file.
      > Hi Benji, thanks for your feedback.
      > In my mail I was more talking as the maintainer of the vim package (and
      > of the vim-latexsuite add-on), than as a vim user. Since I've been
      > bugged by users asking for more recognition of LaTeX I was wondering if
      > you agree to change the vim-wide default, instead of changing it on a
      > per-user basis.

      If you maintain a vim package (for Debian, guessing from your
      sig?), then you can always define g:tex_flavor in a system vimrc if you
      want. BTW, the documentation for this is under

      :help ft-tex-plugin

      Having already made the decision one way after a RFC, I am reluctant to
      reverse it. If I then get a rash of complaints from plain TeX and
      conTeXt users, would I have to reverse it again?

      > Since you agree that LaTeX is more common, what is exactly your argument
      > against having it as the default?

      Plain TeX came first, so it has priority. (Maybe LaTeX 2ε is an
      independent format, but I remember when LaTeX first came out that it was
      actually a bunch of \def's made on top of plain TeX.) This is the same
      logic that leads to keeping vi-compatible regular expressions, despite
      the persistent suggestions that vim adopt PCRE.

      Defaults should cater to users who do simple things, and plain TeX
      is simpler than LaTeX. Writing LaTeX and splitting your document among
      multiple files (so that most of them do not have the \begin{document}
      line) is complicated, and anyone doing this should be willing to
      customize his or her vimrc file appropriately.

      Please read the thread on this list started Mar 2, 2006, with the

      RFC: filetypes for TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXT (others?)

      > Beside that, I agree with the other proposal in this thread of
      > recognizing as LaTeX files which starts with a sectioning command (after
      > several possible blanks of course), and I'm going to implement it.
      > Any comments on that choice?

      Do you mean you plan to implement it as a proposed modification to
      $VIMRUNTIME/filetype.vim in the standard distribution, or a change to
      your vim package? I agree with the comment that plain TeX users may
      also define such sectioning commands. Maybe it would be safe if you
      check for such definitions, using an include-file search ... but of
      course, that is more convenient after ftplugin/plaintex.vim has been

      HTH --Benji Fisher
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