Vim, or "vi improved" is a text editor by Bram Moolenaar. It is an enhanced version of "the unix text editor," vi, which is in turn based on ed and ex.
The Linux Journal magazine in its annual Readers' Choice Award selected vim as favorite text editor four years in a row!
 making outlines with vim
 Using text files as a proto-Wiki
Have you ever tried the gf command? It parses whatever word is under the cursor and tries to open that file in a new buffer. You don't need to use WikiCase for jump words, but it might be helpful. (On *nixes this operation will be case sensitive, I'm guessing on Windows it would be case insensitive.)
By way of example, this allows one to have a "todo" file containing text like projects/foo - Foo, the generic project. If you have your cursor over projects/foo and hit gf in command mode, the foo file in the projects directory will open in a new buffer. To navigate the jump history, use Tab or Ctrl-I to go forward and Ctrl-O to move backwards. Your todo file can now link to related files without any actual link markup! Maximum laziness. Of course, you don't need to organize them in subdirectories, either.
Since vim 6.x can also open directory listings, if you have a bunch of files in the projects directory and wish to link to a list of them, just use projects/!
For further wiki-like behavior, add this mapping to your .vimrc: (See the vim help on gf)
:map gf :e <cfile><CR>
Now if you gf on a word that doesn't have a file yet, vim will create a buffer that will save to that file name - just like a wiki, essentially.
 * quickly Get Files in your Environment
 Editing files that use non-Unix end-of-line characters
See our dedicated page to this topic at Vim/char-EOL.
 Using Syntax Coloring
A nice way to have your task list (and whatever else) easier to read is to use syntax coloring.
as a modeline (last line of the file, see :help modeline). And then put a file named plan.vim in your ~/.vim/syntax/ (or on windows ~/vimfiles/syntax/ with for instance contends
syntax keyword Directory Goal Milestone Target Task syntax match Directory "Category of Goal" syntax match Special "^ [1-4]-[:a-zA-Z]*" syntax match Special "[A-Z][a-z]\+ [-9]\+ [A-Z][a-z]\+$" syntax match Special "\*\+" syntax match NonText "^#" syntax match NonText "^##" syntax match NonText "^## [A-Za-z ]\+" syntax match NonText "^###"
For an explanation of these commands (and how you customize) see :help syntax. Don't forget to turn on syntax coloring by :synt on (or syntax enable in your .vimrc (on windows _vimrc)).
 See Also
- wikipedia: vi
- wikibooks: Learning the vi editor
- vi - quick tutorial
- vim Cheat Sheet
- vi-improved.org, home of #vim irc
- Quick vim tutorial in the form of an IRC conversation
- vim regular expressions 101
- Vim FAQs
- Best of Vim Tips
- vim as XML editor
- Mac Vim features binaries for OS X and Classic
- 43F comments thread full of good Vim tips
- SnippetsEmu - An attempt to emulate the Snippets feature from TextMate
- Project.tar.gz - IDE like project file management. Could surely be used for maintaining GTD lists.
 The Vim Cookbook
- vim Cookbook covers topics like:
- Sorting a section (Visual Method)
- Dealing with Makefile and other SOB files
- Removing carriage returns from MS-DOS file
- Oops, I left the file write protected
- Changing "Last, First" to "First Last"
- How to edit all the files containing a given word using the built-in grep
 Mailing List
- subscribe to the list by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- read the archives
 Vim Tips RSS feed
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