I've been using vim for a few years as a secondary editor but for various reasons, I find myself using it more and more even when my primary editor is available. One problem that has always bugged me about
vim, and that keeps me from using it more, is the way it handles cursor placement. The cursor can only be on a character, rather than between characters, as would be the case with any editor created since 1984.
For just one example of why this is a problem, if I want to delete the last word on a line, I hit
$ to go to the end of the line, and then
db to delete backward. This leaves a character to delete, because
$ didn't really go to the end of the line, it went to the last character of the line, and
db deleted only what was before the current character. The problem isn't that I have to type an extra character, it's the extra thought involved in doing what ought to be simple, which distracts my attention away from what I'm actually trying to accomplish.
It seems to me that the more modern idea cursor placement is in every way superior, and I'd like to switch
vim to use that approach. I'm sure some hard-core
vim fans will disagree with my view on that, but since one of the standard arguments for
vim's superiority is its infinite configurability:
- can it deliver in this case?
vimbe made to place the cursor between characters?