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vim-detailed

So many 256-color schemes merely shift the palette around, displaying only 8 colors (even though they're a different set of 8 colors than default).

This scheme is more detailed than that.

Your eyes will learn to pick up on subtler patterns without requiring as much from your conscious mind. Instead of the goal being merely looking cool, the goal is to maximize info bandwidth from the computer to the brain. The regexes, for example, are much easier to pick out. The overall feel of a given file becomes much more intuitively recognizeable (you'll know you're in foo.rb, not bar.rb, without having to read any text). Certain bits will "pop" into being the right colors, such as the difference between "RUBY_VERISON" and "RUBY_VERSION", or # encoding: utf-8

256 Color Requirement

If you aren't getting 256 colors, you aren't getting detailed.vim. Typically, you'll have to make sure your $TERM variable is set right. This can get un-set by some programs, such as tmux. So you can force it to something like:

export TERM=screen-256color
# or:
export TERM=xterm-256color

If these are unavailable on the target system, you might have to place a terminfo file in ~/.terminfo/ -or- you can be totally gross and force it with :set &t_Co=256 in vim. But don't be gross. It's uncouth.

Download

If using Pathogen,

 cd ~/.vim/bundle && git clone https://github.com/rking/vim-detailed

If using no vim plugin manager:

 mkdir -p ~/.vim/colors/ && cd $_ && wget https://raw.github.com/rking/vim-detailed/master/colors/detailed.vim

Setup

In your ~/.vimrc (or ~/.vim/plugin/colorscheme.vim if you like to organize):

colo detailed

This enables it globally. If you want to just do it for a trial, as long as you have done one of the steps in the "Download" section, above, you can do:

vim foo.rb +colo\ detailed

Or, from within vim:

:colo detailed

Language Support So Far

  • Ruby: 107 details detailed.
  • C: 12 details detailed.
  • Diff: 10 details detailed.
  • Vim: 4 details detailed.

rking/vim-detailed open issues

7: Warn if t_Co != 256 6: Pygments Companion 3: Distinguish Foo and Bar of "class Foo < Bar" 2: ` " ' distinction 1: "DATA" matching within words

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