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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.0ar BETA Author: Bram Moolenaar et al. Announcement ... This is a BETA test version of Vim. It is a huge step from
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 15, 2001
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      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.0ar BETA
      Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.


      This is a BETA test version of Vim. It is a huge step from Vim 5.x. Many,
      many new features and improvements have been included. For an overview, with
      a few screendumps, look here:


      After two weeks of beta testing it looks quite good. Some bugs have been
      found and fixed. Bug reports are still coming in, thus beta testing will
      continue (estimation: five or six weeks). Fortunately, no real big problems
      have been found.

      If you are upgrading from Vim 5.x, please look out for problems you run into.
      Vim 6.0 is mostly backwards compatible, but not 100%. Check out ":help
      version6" for known incompatibilities. If you find a problem that can be
      solved, please report it to me.

      Details about changes since the first beta can be found in these messages:

      If you are using ":hardcopy" on a non-MS-Windows system, get this patch:

      Currently we are still working on three main issues. Hopefully these can be
      finished soon, so that we can wrap up the beta testing:
      - Make --remote-wait work for MS-Windows and related inter-Vim communication.
      - Improve printing, mostly for PostScript.
      - Font/fontset issues for Motif and Athena.
      We could use a bit of help!

      What is Vim?

      Vim is an almost 100% compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new
      features have been added: Multi level undo, syntax highlighting, command line
      history, filename completion, block operations, etc. Those who don't know Vi
      can probably skip this message, unless you are prepared to learn something new
      and useful. Vim is especially recommended for editing programs.

      Vim runs on almost any Unix flavor, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 3.1, MS-Windows
      95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, OS/2, Atari MiNT, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, Macintosh and

      For more information, see http://vim.sf.net

      New since version 5.8

      The number of changes is huge. These are just the main new items:

      Folding - momentarily hide part of the text
      Vertically split windows - mixed with horizontal splits
      Diff mode - show and remove differences between files
      Easy Vim: click-and-type - for those who really don't like two modes
      User manual - learn to use Vim, reads like a book
      Flexible indenting - automatic indenting for any language
      Extended search patterns - more regexp power than you will need
      UTF-8 support - Unicode allows editing nearly all languages
      Multi-language support - translated messages and menus
      Plugin support - drop a script in a directory and you can use it
      Filetype plugins - an easy way to setup for editing a type of file
      File browser - browse directories, also on a terminal
      Editing files over a network - read and write a remote files directly
      command-line editing window - use any Vim command to edit an Ex command
      Debugging mode - debug your Vim functions and scripts
      Cursor in virtual position - edit tables and draw ASCII pictures
      Debugger interface - use Vim with Sun Visual Workshop
      Communication between Vims - let one Vim tell another Vim what to do
      Printing - print with syntax colors
      Quickfix extended - see error messages in a window and jump there
      Writing files improved - rename or copy to make a backup file
      Argument list - select groups of files to work on
      Restore a View - save the looks of a window and restore it later
      Color schemes - quickly switch between different color setups

      See this page for the details:


      Where to get it

      Information about which files to download for what system:


      If you already know what to get, download it from here:


      Or use one of the mirrors, see:


      Mailing lists

      For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list. There are a lot of
      tips, scripts and solutions. You can ask your Vim questions, but only if you
      subscribe. See http://www.vim.org/mail.html. An archive is kept at

      If you want to help developing Vim or get the latest patches, subscribe to the
      vim-dev mailing list. An archive is kept at

      Subject specific lists:
      Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-multibyte
      Macintosh issues: vim-mac http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-mac

      Reporting bugs

      Send them to <bugs@...>. Please describe the problem precisely. All the
      time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is spent on
      improving Vim! Always give a reproducable example and try to find out which
      settings or other things influence the appearance of the bug. Try starting
      without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE -U NONE". Try different machines if
      possible. See ":help bugs" in Vim. Send me patches if you can!

      If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
      vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.

      Happy Vimming!

      "I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they
      make as they go flying by."
      -- Douglas Adams

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      ((( Creator of Vim -- http://vim.sf.net -- ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim )))
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