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diffchar.vim : Highlight the exact differences, based on characters and words

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created by
Rick Howe
script type
This plugin has been developed in order to make diff mode more useful. Vim highlights all the text in between the first and last different characters on a changed line. But this plugin will find the exact differences between them, character by character - so called DiffChar.

For example, in diff mode: ( [DiffText], <DiffAdd> )

    (window A) The [quick brown fox jumps over the lazy] dog.
    (window B) The [lazy fox jumps over the quick brown] dog.

this plugin will exactly show the changed and added units:

    (window A) The [quick] <brown >fox jumps over the [lazy] dog.
    (window B) The [lazy] fox jumps over the [quick] <brown >dog.

For details and demo samples, please visit the following git repository: https://github.com/rickhowe/diffchar.vim
install details
Install 'rickhowe/diffchar.vim' by using your plugin manager. Or manually unzip and copy all folders in your ~/.vim or ~/vimfiles.

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
diffchar9.3.zip 9.3 2023-01-11 8.2 Rick Howe Improved to follow the 'wincolor' option. Fixed to work on some color scheme.
diffchar9.2.zip 9.2 2022-12-11 8.2 Rick Howe Fixed the error on 3 or more diff mode windows. Fixed the issue upon scrolling on patch-9.0.0913. Made it faster in a file with many lines folded.
diffchar9.1.zip 9.1 2022-10-23 8.2 Rick Howe Enhanced g:DiffUnit to use favorite highlight groups and g:DiffColors to use unit delimiters and custom pattern.
diffchar9.0.zip 9.0 2022-06-03 8.2 Rick Howe Enhanced to follow "indent-heuristic" diffopt option to make diff units easier to read. Implemented some functions in Vim9 script to make them 10 times faster.
diffchar8.91.zip 8.91 2021-12-07 8.0 Rick Howe Updated to check a new WinClosed event to appropriately reset/repair the highlighted diff units.
diffchar7.6.zip 7.6 2018-07-22 7.0 Rick Howe Improved to make DiffChar highlights draw faster.
diffchar.vim 1.0 2014-05-02 7.0 Rick Howe Initial upload
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