There are multiple ways to achieve what you want:
# ... probably others too
All these cost you just +1 keystroke.
If deleting starting from current position +1 was possible, then it will make sense to ask for deleting from current position -1 too. It would raise the question about other commands too, for example deleting until the end of the file from the current line +1, -1, and so on.
How can this possibly work? I see only two possible ways:
- Pass a parameter to the existing commands to modify their behavior with the desired nuance. This will inevitably cost you +1 keystroke, so you won't be better off than what exists already
- Have a new keystroke for this behavior. Most keys on the keyboard already have something else more important and powerful to do, it would be a very tough choice to assign one of the unused keys for such a small functionality
So, I don't see a way to have something better than the current features :-)
I agree that it's a bit unfortunate that there is no "atomic" command to delete from the next character. I see the practical use of what you're asking: when cutting short a text, I often want to delete starting from a space character, because I don't want to leave trailing whitespace at the end of lines (Git complains about it, for example). And the
e word jumping commands are not very suitable for this, as
w jumps to first letters and
e jumps to last letters, and there's no shortcut to jump on the space after a word, except explicit searches like
f. So I understand and even share your need. I just don't see where this can be squeezed in the existing functionality.
The best alternative I can think of is to record the action in a macro, let's say
d. At the end of a word (on the last letter), record like this:
Then, you can redo this action at the end of another word with
To do it repeatedly, you can do
When doing it repeatedly this is faster to type than
but this might depend on your taste.
If you don't do it repeatedly then the macro doesn't really help, as it's the same number of keystrokes anyway (+ the creation of the macro).