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SearchCols.vim : Search within fixed width data column-by-column, rather than row-by-row

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Adam Bellaire
script type
This script was inspired by a question on StackOverflow.com.  It's my first vim script, and is likely very bad, however I've made my best efforts to have it play nicely.

Creates a command :SearchCols <string>, which can be used to search for the string in fixed-width columns so that the search looks in the first column first, then the second column, etc. rather than the row-by-row search which is standard for vim.  Repeat the command via @: and then @@ since it's a colon-command.

- This script requires the multvals.vim plugin: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=171

- Assumes that your file is formatted with whitespace-delimited fixed width columns, i.e. there are no spaces inside the data items, only in between them.
- Assumes that the first line of your file is formatted so that the column widths can be deduced from it.
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Place the script in your .vim/plugin/ directory

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
SearchCols.vim 0.1 2009-02-16 7.0 Adam Bellaire Initial upload
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