Unicycle, a Vim plugin for typography junkies
I am not exactly a typography junky. But I read a fair number of books and I got used to good typography. But when it comes to good typographic practice, the web is quite poor. Even some well-known newspaper’s websites have a poor typography.
Here is what I mean by good and bad typography.
"Hello -- my name is O'Brien ..."
“Hello – my name is O’Brien …”
Thanks to Unicycle –a Vim plugin– it is possible to get the right characters directly in Vim as long as your file is encoded in UTF-8.
A quick tour
The installation is quite simple. Download
~/.vim/plugin and restart Vim.
Open a file and type:
Get into insertion mode and type ', instead of the classic straight quote (') You get an opening curly quote (‘). If you really want a straight quote ('), type ' again and you get it. To get a curly closing quote (’), type ' three times.
UniCycle has sensible defaults. If you type O'Brian, you won’t get O‘Brian, but O’Brian. And 'test' get turned automatically into ‘test’.
It also works for:
- double quote: “Hello World”.
- dashes: type hyphen 2 times to get a en-dash (–), 3 to get a em-dash (—) and 4 to a hyphen again.
- ellipses: ‘...’ turns into ‘…’
Thanks to the author Jason Diamond for this plugin, which I will use and abuse.