characterize.vim: Unicode character metadata
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In Vim, pressing ga on a character reveals its representation in decimal, octal, and hex. Characterize.vim modernizes this with the following additions:

  • Unicode character names: U+00A9 COPYRIGHT SYMBOL
  • Vim digraphs (type after <C-K> to insert the character): Co, cO
  • Emoji codes: :copyright:
  • HTML entities: &copy;


If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone git://


See the contribution guidelines for pathogen.vim.


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Copyright © Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.