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nexus.vim : Syntax highlighting for Nexus file format

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created by
Luis Carvalho
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This is a syntax highlighting for Nexus, a file format used by many programs in evolutionary biology, like GDA, Paup*, Mesquite, ModelTest, MrBayes and MacClade. A formal description can be found at

Maddison, D.R., D.L. Swofford, and W.P. Maddison. 1997. NEXUS: An extensible file format for systematic information. Systematic Biology 46: 590-621

while some examples and a short description can be found at


The syntax also takes in consideration some reserved words (private block) used for MrBayes. For the most curious, a screenshot can be seen at

install details
Just put nexus.vim in the syntax folder under $VIMRUNTIME, and call the syntax with :cal SetSyn("nexus").

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
nexus.vim 0.2 2004-04-17 6.0 Luis Carvalho Fixed some minor bugs, added nexus prefix as suggested by Olivier Mengue' and added nexusPublic to define public blocks.
nexus.vim 0.1 2004-04-14 6.0 Luis Carvalho Initial upload
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