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On 03/08/2013 05:46 AM, AK wrote:
> On 12/30/2012 02:33 PM, Jeroen Budts wrote:
>> On 12/30/2012 07:26 PM, Eric Weir wrote:
>>> I'm likely to purchase an iPad soon and I'm wondering if there
>>> have been any developments since the discussion here back in
>>> At that time absence of the escape and control keys, lack of a
>>> file system, and getting files to and from the iPad were the
>>> main obstacles.
>>> There were work-arounds for most of them, but most of them,
>>> especially those addressing the lack of a file system, were
>>> complicated and over-the-head of this non-techie user. But that
>>> was true of Vim itself when I first contemplated giving it a
>>> try, and now whether there's a way to get it working on an iPad
>>> is a consideration in thinking about purchasing an iPad.
>>> So I thought I'd check to see if the situation has changed
>>> since September.
>> I have no idea about the ipad, but I do have some experience in
>> running Vim on a cheap Android tablet.
>> For Android there are at least 3 methods: * vimtouch: which is a
>> touch-optimized version of vim, but restricted by the normal
>> android rules (no access to most files etc). For me personally
>> that is rahter useless. * Terminal IDE: This is a lightweight
>> Unix environment for Android which includes a fully functional
>> vim. * Debian Kit: this allows you to install a full (terminal
>> only) Debian (or Ubuntu) on your Android, which runs together
>> with Android. I really like this, as it allows you to install
>> most commandline applications using apt-get, including a full vim
>> (with Python, Ruby) etc, with your own config, plugins etc.
>> Considering the keyboard: if you install the 'hackers keyboard'
>> (free from Google Play) you get a full qwerty keyboard which
>> includes keys like control and escape.
>> Not sure if this helps...
> One issue I've run into with Vim on stock Android was that I
> couldn't get either the Esc or the ctrl-[ key to work from the
> external key- board. Both would result in ^@ character.
> Is this something that can be fixed? I'm only interested in
> working with the external keyboard because I can't understand how
> people can use touch keyboard for anything more than 5-8 characters
> at a time like typing in a url or something like that.
I haven't seen this issue. I use a very cheap and small bluetooth
keyboard for my Google Nexus 7 and I can type Ctrl-[ without any
problems (the keyboard has no Esc). Most of the time I use CTRL-c
however as I find that easier to type and I'm used to that from Bash.
Maybe you can solve this problem with External Keyboard helper?
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