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If you create your own syntax group names, like basicLanguageKeywords, then you'll have to create highlight settings for them. Stick to commonly used names so that your syntax settings work with most colour schemes. Checkout :h group-name: To be able to allow each user to pick his favorite set of colors, there must be preferred names for highlight groups ...
It sounds like you are looking for something like Atom (https://atom.io/), which has a wordcount package (https://atom.io/packages/wordcount) that adds word and character counts to the status bar. Their web site has source and .deb downloads. Atom is MIT licensed. To add the wordcount package to Atom, choose Edit Menu -> Preferences -> Install, select ...
Recently came across MinEd [http://towo.net/mined/] # Option "emul": emulation mode, especially control key function mapping; # takes a single-letter value: # e: emacs mode # s: WordStar mode # w: Windows keyboard mode # W: Windows behaviour (-w, CRLF for new files, cmd.exe with ESC !) # p: pico mode # m: mined default #emul m
It is a menu item under Edit>EOL Conversion>Unix Conversion and save This answer was described under the third link provided by Thomas.
You can save a file in Notepad++ using "unix" line-endings. It is a menu-selection. See for example How to avoid DOS line endings in Windows tools Change EOL on multiple files in one go Can I convert file format in Notepad++ ?
With PuTTY, you can press shiftInsert as an alternative to middle-mouse pasting (and have fewer problems with inserting into the wrong place). I do this to select/paste passwords, for instance. Here are a few related questions: How do I paste the Windows clipboard into my PuTTY session, using only the keyboard? PuTTY how to select text and copy text ...
If you're doing this in X such as KDE or Gnome, then once you select the text it will be in your X server's "primary selection keyboard". You don't explicitly copy the text, only select. Then, make sure vi is in insert mode, place your cursor in the vi window, and click the middle mouse button. Select text in any window (which copies into the X "primary ...
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