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inoremap <silent> <Bar> <Bar><Esc>:call <SID>align()<CR>a
function! s:align()
let p = '^\s*|\s.*\s|\s*$'
if exists(':Tabularize') && getline('.') =~# '^\s*|' && (getline(line('.')-1) =~# p || getline(line('.')+1) =~# p)
let column = strlen(substitute(getline('.')[0:col('.')],'[^|]','','g'))
let position = strlen(matchstr(getline('.')[0:col('.')],'.*|\s*\zs.*'))
Tabularize/|/l1
normal! 0
call search(repeat('[^|]*|',column).'\s\{-\}'.repeat('.',position),'ce',line('.'))
endif
endfunction
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roman commented Feb 23, 2011

I'm wondering, what does the "l1" option on the match of the Tabularize?

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tpope commented Feb 27, 2011

l means left align; 1 means one space of padding.

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agibralter commented Mar 29, 2011

Would you recommend putting this in a ftplugin so as to not slow down non-cucumber-related file editing?

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tpope commented Mar 29, 2011

If you do, make sure you add <buffer> to the map. In practice, I haven't had any issues with it being global.

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agibralter commented Mar 29, 2011

Ah cool, thank you!

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tswicegood commented Apr 27, 2011

FYI: I just added this to my after/ftplugin/cucumber.vim and it works like a charm. Very nice.

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nmunson commented May 17, 2011

Thanks! Added this to my vimrc and it works perfectly.

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jznhljg commented Jul 28, 2011

I copied this into my .vimrc. And I have installed Tabular.vim successfully.
But it doesn't work. I input ab | cd | ef and nothing happened. What's wrong?!

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tpope commented Jul 28, 2011

@jznhljg, that doesn't look like a valid Cucumber table to me.

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jznhljg commented Jul 28, 2011

@tpope, I just want to edit some plain text, can I use this function to automatically adjust the padding space?

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tpope commented Jul 28, 2011

Sure, if you relax the regex a bit. As it stands now, it's hell bent on avoiding false positives.

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jznhljg commented Jul 28, 2011

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ests commented Sep 7, 2011

I was looking for some solution for dealing with Cuke tables in gVIM similar or close to the one TextMate bundle for Cucumber has.
But this is so much better, thanks a lot Tim, as usual :)

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MaienM commented Oct 2, 2011

For those interested, I made a modified version of this that does the same for equals (=) signs. You can find it in the list of forks to the right, or here: https://gist.github.com/1258015
Credits still go to Tim for the awesome original, I just made a few small changes.

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quentindecock commented Jul 11, 2012

For those who are interested I made a little plugin that you can use easily with pathogen, it is available here: https://github.com/quentindecock/vim-cucumber-align-pipes

Feedback are welcome,

Enjoy,

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dhruvasagar commented Mar 18, 2013

For those interested, I made a little plugin that extends this concept to creating full fledged tables as you type :). It is available here - https://github.com/dhruvasagar/vim-table-mode. You can put let g:table_mode_border=0 in your vimrc to get the same behavior as this plugin.

Also you can change the separator itself by let g:table_mode_separator='=' or whatever you need to achieve the same effect for other type of characters. Please refer to the :h table-mode.txt for more information. Feedback is welcome :).

Thanks.

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wildskyf commented Jan 21, 2016

This is really useful!
Thx a lot!

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timabell commented Mar 21, 2016

Thanks tpope for this and all your other amazing work. I ended up here after asking this question: http://vi.stackexchange.com/questions/6908/how-can-i-replace-a-word-in-a-column-without-changing-the-width

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eternalcyan commented Oct 16, 2019

this function really awesome! thanks

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