Vim's normal and insert modes are wonderful. A source of constant frustration for me is that whenever I enter command-line mode for entering Ex commands (by pressing :) suddenly I lose all the niceness of modal editing and wind up with a set of totally different (and comparatively lame) shortcuts that don't correspond to normal-mode OR insert-mode. Is there any way to enable standard modal editing of ex commands on the Vim command line? This would also be nice for / searching, etc.
Vim actually has several modes, of which normal and insert are just the most obvious. So to say...
To enter command line mode, after you press
It will echo' the "Hello world!" on the commandline, just like as if you've written that command from the cmdline.
Does this make any sense?