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WriteRoom for Vim : A Vim emulation of the minimalistic WriteRoom editor

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created by
Marc van Doornik
script type
As you probably know, WriteRoom (http://hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom) is a very minimalistic text editor, focusing on a clean appearance of just the edited document. This script creates 'padding' around the editing window in gVim and hides the vertical splits and other items to obtain this same effect, while keeping all of Vim's extensive features available.

Using the file is simple, just issue a gvim -S ~/.vim/writeroom/writeroom.vim {filename} at the command line to open the file in a very clean, minimalist setup. Perfect for ADD-ers like myself ;-)

This file adds the following:


WriteRoomBG {color} ; sets the background color
WriteRoomFG {color} ; sets the foreground color
WriteRoomFilename {color} ; sets the color for the filename just below the editing window
WriteRoomNonText {color} ; sets the color for non-text characters


UpdateScreen() ; updates the screen size and colors


<F5> toggles visibility of EOL, TAB and tilde lines

install details
Just extract the tarball to ~/.vim/ so that ~/.vim contains a directory named \"writeroom\". Edit ~/.vim/writeroom/writeroomrc to your liking. Feel free to experiment. Enjoy!

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
writeroom_for_gvim.tar.gz 0.01 2008-05-07 7.0 Marc van Doornik Initial upload
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