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Is it possible to edit Textboxes in a browser using VIM or a VIM-Style-Editor?

(On Ubuntu of course)

  • If you posted that as an answer, and showed a screenshot; I would definitely accept it. – Akiva Aug 13 '14 at 4:37
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If you do not mind having a second window opening, the right option is It's all text extension. I have it configured to use gVim, and when a TEXTAREA appears, you can see a little button under it and clicking on it will let you use your favorite editor.

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  • The question was about textboxes (a one-line fields), but “It’s all text” seems to support textareas only. – Dmitry Alexandrov Aug 14 '14 at 13:42
  • Also, unlike Pentadactyl, it does not lock textareas in browser while external editor is opened. Combined with the facts that: a) textarea is updated when file was saved (not when the editor is closed); b) edits applied by ”It’s all text” does not stored in undo memory of Firefox; it may lead to loosing of what you’ve written if you eventually would forget about launched external editor, which makes autosaves, and type something in textarea. – Dmitry Alexandrov Aug 14 '14 at 14:08
  • This is the solution I used; I like it because you can save a copy on to your desktop quite easily. – Akiva Aug 19 '14 at 4:11
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As far as I understoond, any browser suits you. So I would recommend you Pentadactyl – an extension for Firefox. Besides vi-like keybindings for browsing / navigation and lots of attendant features, it also provides both possibilities, you’ve asked.

  • External editor for textareas and textboxes, which is GVim by default, can be launched by <C-i>.
  • Basic internal vi-style editor (so called ‘Text edit’ mode) is available by pressing <C-t> or can be configured to start directly when textarea / textbox is focused by :set noinsertmode. Unfortunately, it seems to be unmaintained now and therefore has several important issues which unlikely to be fixed. For instance it handles non-ASCII characters (like ä, п) improperly while doing word-movements (w, e, b, etc).

(Both hotkeys can be remapped of course.)

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  • By the way, I wonder why Pentadactyl was removed from Ubuntu repository while it still present in Debian (as xul-ext-pentadactyl). – Dmitry Alexandrov Aug 13 '14 at 15:31

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