I had the following mapping to go to the 1st non blank character of a line

nnoremap M ^

I then decided that if I was already at the 1st non blank character I wanted M to take me to the absolute 1st character of the line.
I was able to hack together the following vimscript function to do this.

func Mbehaviour()
    let origPos = getcurpos()
    normal! ^
    let newPos = getcurpos()
    call setpos('.', origPos)
    if newPos == origPos
        execute "normal! \<Home>"
        normal! ^

& then map this to M with

nnoremap M :call Mbehaviour()<CR>  

My question is how can I get the same thing to work in visual mode?

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In lh-cpp, I have a single (old) function that can be used from all three modes.

inoremap <silent> <Home> <c-o>@=<SID>HomeLikeVCpp()<cr>
nnoremap <silent> <Home> @=<SID>HomeLikeVCpp()<cr>
vnoremap <silent> <Home> @=<SID>HomeLikeVCpp()<cr>

function! s:HomeLikeVCpp()
  let ll = strpart(getline('.'), -1, col('.'))
  if ll =~ '^\s\+$' | return '0'
  else              | return '^'

I guess it could be rewritten as a :map-<expr> now.

Years later, I'm wondering why I was bothering to test a substring against a regex, while testing the current column is more than enough -- unless we really want to start with the first non blank character.

xnoremap <expr> <home> col('.') == 1 ? '^' : '0'
nnoremap <expr> <home> col('.') == 1 ? '^' : '0'
inoremap <expr> µ col('.') == 1 ? '<c-o>^' : '<c-o>0'

Anyway, don't fight with :normal. I found best to avoid this command from functions whenever I can. Keep it simple.

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