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I want to start using vim as my main text editor. One of the things I want to do is use it for simple texts, without having to rely on too heavy word processors like Word or OpenOffice. (I will use those when layout is important, but not for this.) I'm curious if there is a mode in Vim that allows me to use a simple text format (like wiki-style) that uses syntax coloring, giving me visual input about the structure of the document.
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It is possible. At least partly.
First, you need to turn on syntax highlighting (:syntax on).
Then, you have two possibilities - first is to use predefined syntax for different types of files (see /usr/share/vim/vim71/syntax or similar - depending on vim version and your distribution).
Second option is to create your own syntax. See ":help syntax" to get some ideas on how to create your syntax file.
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Also, if you are planning to use a well known wiki software, you can search in vim.org and get premade syntax files, for example:

WikiMedia: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=1787
MoinMoin: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=1459
Dokuwiki: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=2374
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