A Vim plugin for handling unicode and digraphs characters
This plugin aims to make the handling of unicode and digraphs chars in Vim easier. It serves 3 purposes:
- Complete Characters
- Identify Characters
- Ease the use of Digraphs
A custom completion function is available to complete characters using their Unicode name or Codepoint. If a digraph exists for that character, it will be displayed in paranthesis. Press
Ctrl-X Ctrl-Z to trigger this completion from insert mode.
Also a new custom completion for digraph chars is available. Press
Ctrl-X Ctrl-G to trigger this completion. It will display all digraphs, that are reachable from the previous typed letter.
:UnicodeName command can be used to identify the character under the cursor. This works similar to the builtin
ga command (in fact, the help also states a possibility to map this command to the
ga builtin command), but it also displays the digraph character (if it exists) and the HTML entity.
:SearchUnicode command can be used to search in the unicode character table to search for a certain unicode character with a given name or value.
:UnicodeTable can be used to generate an Unicode table, including HTML entity names and Digraph chars. The UnicodeTable will be nicely syntax highlighted.
Ease the use of Digraphs
:Digraphs command to search for an digraph with the given name (e.g.
:Digraphs copy will display all digraphs that will create a character name which contains copy in its name). You can also search for the decimal value.
This plugin also maps the key
<F4> that will allow to transform 2 given normal chars into their digraph char.
Use the plugin manager of your choice. Or download the stable version of the plugin, edit it with Vim (
vim unicode-XXX.vmb) and simply source it (
:so %). Restart and take a look at the help (
Once installed, take a look at the help at
Here is a short overview of the functionality provided by the plugin:
:Digraphs - Search for specific digraph char :SearchUnicode - Search for specific unicode char :UnicodeName - Identify character under cursor (like ga command) :UnicodeTable - Print Unicode Table in new window :DownloadUnicode - Download (or update) Unicode data
Normal mode commands:
<C-X><C-G> - Complete Digraph char <C-X><C-Z> - Complete Unicode char <F4> - Combine characters into digraphs
unicode#FindUnicodeBy() - Find unicode characters unicode#FindDigraphBy() - Find Digraph char unicode#Digraph() - Returns digraph char unicode#UnicodeName() - Identifies unicode character (by value)
vim-characterize Only supports identifying characters, no completion, no public functions, until recently did not detect combining chars correctly.
easydigraph Only supports easier digraph generation.
License & Copyright
© 2009-2014 by Christian Brabandt. The Vim License applies. See
NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. USE AT-YOUR-OWN-RISK