Aug 27, '17
One of the biggest draws to Vim is the ability to keep one's hands near the home row. Unfortunately, one of the most common keys in Vim is the dreadfully far
ESC key. And so, most Vim users end up remapping said
ESC key as their first mission. Some common mappings include
jk, because these letter combinations don't ever really occur within words in the English language. Another common mapping is
CAPS, though it requires extra work at the OS level due to the nature of it being a modifier key.
ESC is mapped, the next big hurdles are learning the basic modes (insert mode, normal mode, command mode, etc.) as well as
hjkl for cursor movement. The latter was huge for me, as I found myself reaching for the mouse less, and as a result making less mistakes from rushing back to the home row.
If these were the only Vim features I ever learned, I'd still be happy as a lark. However, all this happiness disappears when leaving the editor. Suddenly,
hjkl doesn't help me navigate through dropdowns and text fields 😱
So I wrote this complex modification for Karabiner Elements, so that one can
hjkl while holding
CAPS, anywhere in MacOS (or in Windows using this AutoHotkey script). Furthermore, tapping
CAPS posts an
ESC. Go forth and Vim all the things!