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I am trying to achieve the following. If I have a file, e.g. a tex document and I want to have the following with commenting characters (% symbols) highlighted:

    %
    Some text and end of the sentence.
    %
    Some more text.

I already know how to highlight commented lines, but that is not exactly what I want.

Also, I can achieve the desired effect if I just search for the % symbol, but I am too lazy to do that every time after I search anything else.

I also would like to have a config so that in other languages I would have the same (e.g. -- symbols for lua, or # symbol for bash)

Does anybody know how to do that elegantly in my .vimrc file?

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EDIT1: I just wanted to add, that I would like to know whether it is possible to abstract things in vim. I wanted to have a simple solution where I search for a comment char, and not for the percent sign. Something like /${CommentChar} and not just /% Somehow I start to think that I want too much and the easiest way to do this is just using a macro Sudipta Chatterjee suggested. –  gns-ank Aug 17 '11 at 9:46

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You can use a Vim macro.

In the command mode, use press q to enable macro mode, and let's call your search highlight a macro 's' - meaning go ahead and press 's'. Now you can search for all the '%' characters by first setting :set hlsearch (just to make sure) and then entering /%. Then, you can save this macro by pressing q again. After this, whenever you enter @s in the command mode you will get your search characters highlighted.

You can save the above macro into your .vimrc file by adding this:

let @s='/%'

You can also enable the search character as a macro argument for different file types.

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