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Use this page to discuss script 1697 surround: delete/change/add parentheses/quotes/XML-tags/much more

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About descriptionEdit

On, tags are stripped from description so that it is hard to understand. One should read the description on the author's github site instead.

Disabling spacesEdit

How can I disable the spaces added when surrounding? It's good practice at least in Python to surround function parameters with spaces and brackets or parens.

Is this what you're looking for? From :help surround-replacements:

If either ), }, ], or > is used, the text is wrapped in the appropriate pair of characters. Similar behavior can be found with (, {, and [ (but not <), which append an additional space to the inside. Like with the targets above, b, B, r, and a are aliases for ), }, ], and >.

And then from :help surrond-targets:

Eight punctuation marks, (, ), {, }, [, ], <, and >, represent themselves and their counterparts. If the opening mark is used, contained whitespace is also trimmed.

Note these help topics are included in the documentation supplied with surround.vim, they are not part of the built-in Vim help.
Fritzophrenic 16:41, September 27, 2011 (UTC)

Insert tail questionEdit

Hi Tim, I found this script just now and feel nice about your work. And when I read the documentation, there is one place which I cannot understand what it means. Could you please help to specify the function usage to me ?

Finally, It is possible to always append a string to surroundings in insert mode (and only insert mode).
This is useful with certain plugins and mappings that allow you to jump to such markings.
let g:surround_insert_tail = "<++>"

--Alfred Sun, April 27, 2015


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