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31.13 Making Cursor Keys Work in vi Text-input Mode

Here is my .exrc file, which I customized for a VT100 terminal. It is set up for C and nroff -me macros. [Strings like ^[OD are set by the cursor keys ( 41.12 ) on VT100-type terminals. Make the ^[ by typing [CTRL-v] [ESC] . Many vi versions make this easier; they understand map #1 ( 31.2 ) to mean "map function key F1." -JP  ]















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set ai redraw sm wm=1
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
map! {} {^M}^[O^I     
Great for auto indenting { } pairs

map! ^[OD ^[ha        
Cursor left while inputting

map! ^[OA ^[ka        
Cursor up while inputting

map! ^[OB ^[ja        
Cursor down while inputting

map! ^[OC ^[la        
Cursor right while inputting

map  ^[OP A           
Mapped F1 to append to end of line

map! ^[OP ^[A         
Text-input mode of the above

map  ^[OQ 0i          
Mapped F2 to insert before line

map! ^[OQ ^[0i        
Text-input mode of the above

map! ``  \*(lq        
troff left quote

map! ''  \*(rq        
troff right quote

I can use the cursor keys while inputting text. This is handy because I can back up and add text without pressing ESC. [Though you may not be able to ( 31.3 ) undo your previous change with the u command. -JP  ]

Also, I have defined [F1] to append at the end of the line. This is useful because it doesn't matter what mode you are in, it always puts you in text-input mode.

At one time, I mapped the entire numeric keypad to emulate the EDT editor.

- BB in net.unix on Usenet, 9 October 1986


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