I am making my life easier by mapping shortcuts to long DocBook XML structures in insert mode, for example

map! <unique> <localleader>ct <callout arearefs="">>

is there a way to prepend count to the mapping in insert mode? Assuming , is my <localleader>, if I want to insert the whole <table> structure with ,tb, i could easily insert let's say 20 rows (,tr) by typing something like:

  • I am not sure about how to do it in insert mode, but I can show you how to do it in normal mode.
    – padawin
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 12:46
  • I don't think I fully understand what you are trying to do, but it seems like something that could be easily accomplished with a macro. qq to start recording your macro, q to stop recording, then 20@q to replay the macro 20 times. :help recording
    – Tumbler41
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 14:04
  • From what I understood, he wants to have a command which, when called with a count number, does something count times, but not the whole thing (in this case create a single HTML table with count rows in it.
    – padawin
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 14:06

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If I understood correctly (cf comments under the question), the following might help you:

function! CreateTable(count)
    " Note, the append creates the table from the end to beginning
    call append(line('.'), "</table>")
    call append(line('.'), repeat(["<tr></tr>"], a:count))
    call append(line('.'), "<table>")
command -range -nargs=0 CreateTable call CreateTable()

And with a mapping (in normal mode) for it:

nnoremap <localleader>tr :<C-U>call CreateTable(v:count1)<CR>

<C-U> cancels the count, to call the function once only (I think this is the good help page: :h c_CTRL-U).

v:count1 in the last count typed (:help v:count1).

  • What is the line('.') part?
    – Moberg
    Commented May 20, 2020 at 8:36
  • 1
    it returns the line number where your cursor is. Cf :help line
    – padawin
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 6:10

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