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So, I'm addicted to vim and often add lots of garbage to regular text fields when I try to use vim commands and am not in vim. I thought to myself, why can't vim be EVERYWHERE?!

Then it struck me. Why not? Has anyone written a program that could redirect input/current text fields into a vim buffer so that one could use vim-style editing in things other than terminals and gVim? Redirect keyboard input? Alter a key-logger?

Any thougts as to how it could be done?$wdw thoughtsA I did it again. I need serious help. Ideas, anyone?

UPDATE: More in need. I just got an email with this as the tail end of it:

Campus librarians will be happy to work with faculty and students to identify alternative high-quality sources of scientific news reporting and analysis.

--Karen
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Its nice to know there are others.

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You need a :s/\$wdw /^wce/.^[:wq –  intuited Apr 17 '10 at 22:45
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I've not seen anything to allow this, but it sounds like it could be handled by writing a module to plug into an IM such as SCIM or IBus.

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Thanks for a starting point! –  physicsmichael Apr 15 '10 at 23:22
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I use vi-style editing in bash and vimperator for web browsing with firefox (sadly doesn't have :vsplit). In firefox the fantastic It's All Text! plugin configured to use gvim makes input boxes (likes this one) less crappy. mutt picks up my $EDITOR without problems (tell Karen to set that variable, too).

I guess that's all I ever do outside of vim.

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I'll be checking vimperator for possible chrome extensions regularly. If I used Firefox, this would be awesome. It's a great start; thanks a lot! –  physicsmichael Apr 15 '10 at 23:49
    
I followed some vimperator forums to vrome for chrome. I haven't gotten it to work, but for the sake of others there is an option. –  physicsmichael Apr 15 '10 at 23:55
    
You can also try uzbl for a similar feel, but it needs a lot of work to get the features one is used to from "normal" browsers. –  Benjamin Bannier Apr 16 '10 at 0:24
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This isn't exactly what you are looking for, but I also have experienced the desire for vim keybindings everywhere. One solution I've used is Touch Cursor, which I mapped so that my home row keys would allow me to navigated my cursor. The default arrangement is not vim-like, but you can easily change that. It may take some getting used to holding the space bar to achieve chords, but I found it pretty natural.

These are some other programs that offer application-specific solutions: I use Viemu, which provides a vim emulation layer in Visual Studio 2005/2008, Outlook and Word.

There is also a new chrome extension that adds vim-like keybindings for browsing as well called Vimium.

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