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Questions about editing prose (sentences and paragraphs)

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Can I justify text in Vim?

The only reason why I'd ever edit a text file in Pico or Nano, and not in Vim was its "Justify" command ^J. It would reformat a paragraph of text, creating line breaks at word breaks so that the text ...
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How can I easily create and maintain tables?

Here is (part of) a table I use in some documentation: +---------------+------------------------+---------------------------------------+ | TASK NAME | WHEN | DESCRIPTION ...
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automatically rewrap lines when writing markdown in VIM

Very often, I write markdown in VIM, and there will be paragraphs in those markdown. To help my editing, I setup my Vim to wrap a line on 80 chars. It works nice if I just keep typing, but the problem ...
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Prevent Vim from breaking up links mid-tag in markdown

Let's say I have this Markdown file: [Lorem ipsum dolor sit ](http://vi.stackexchange.com/many-links-are-often-very) Lookin' good. But the link isn't finished it, so I type -long, and now Vim breaks ...
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Is it possible to easily work with .odt, .doc, .docx, .rtf, and other non-plain-text formats in Vim?

Occasionally someone sends me a .odt, .doc, and .docx file; opening them in OpenOffice is always a pain because, well, OpenOffice. Right now I use a variety of commandline tools (such as odt2txt) to ...
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Is there a <C-w> for WORDs?

Pressing Ctrl-w in Insert mode will delete the previous word. It is equivalent to Ctrl-Backspace in Windows, and Opt-Delete in OS X, and really speeds up typing. Vim has the separate concepts of word ...
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Colorizing plain text

I love vim, i use it all the time for write codes, but now I want to write some personal notes. I'm trying vim-pandoc (with vim-pandoc-syntax) and it's nice to have 'rich text' features like titles, ...
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How do I make dictionary completion look in a different file if triggered after the @ sign?

I have been using Vim as a research database, and I use tags in the form of @tag for each note, written in the second line after the title. I might have more than one tag. How can I make dictionary ...
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vipJ unwrapping fails when using custom function

I have decided to use Vim for editing prose, as I find it to be a much more work-conducive, clutter-free environment than most so-called text processors expressly built for that purpose. To that end, ...
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Format options setting collapses lines

I set up this nifty custom function to help me use Vim for word processing: func! WordProcessorMode() setlocal formatoptions=ant setlocal textwidth=60 setlocal wrapmargin=0 endfu com! WP ...
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Case-insensitive abbreviations

I use abbreviations extensively to make writing in languages other than English easier. For example, I have something like this set up for when I'm writing in Italian: inoreabbrev perche' perché ...
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Entering italic text in vim

How does one enter (and view) italic text in vim? I am interested in a keymap by which I can toggle to "italic mode" and back. Example from the infopage of a certain vim plugin: see the text under ...
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Find out duplicate words with differing case

I need to confirm I have not created duplicate variables in a c file, while converting code from another language which is case insensitive. For example, a file's content (below 2 lines) is: x = ...
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How can I get a reading time estimate?

Is there any way to display the reading time estimate in Vim? For example "this will take about 4 minutes to read". The closest that I know of is g<C-g>, which gives: Col 29 of 75; Line 68 of ...
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How to have word count exclude bracketed text?

I'm using vim to write documents and trying to get word count to exclude anything that is delimited by brackets, which I use for notes or comments that are not a part of the document. So I don't want ...
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Measurement/ tracking the time for editing a file (overall and statistics)

I use vim for coding and also for writing scientific articles and book chapters. It would be very interesting to know the time I spent on a file. For example how many hours or minutes the buffer was ...
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Dictionary (as in wikitionary) plugin indication

I'm looking for a dictionary (as in the wikitionary; not the data structure) plugin for vim. One where I could put my cursor on pyrolysis, type a command such as :Dictionary and get something like: ...
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How to customize word definition in vim?

Suppose that i am editing a line such as below(just a bash command),my cursor is locating at the monitor's m: 1.How can quickly move cursor at the alsa's a? ffmpeg -f pulse -i alsa_output.pci-...
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Vim wordcount for alphanumeric characters only

I know that vim has a function wordcount() that returns a dictionary containing the number of bytes, lines, words etc in the current buffer. The problem I have is that the words field of the dict from ...
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Stenography (Plover) integration

I use Vim for academic writing and my preferred writing method is using stenography with Plover. Is there any initiative to integrate Stenography/Plover into Vim? Currently, I am switching keyboards ...
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