Pocco81/HighStr.nvim

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CREATED

2021-05-22

UPDATED

2 months ago

packer

require('packer').startup(function()
  use 'Pocco81/HighStr.nvim'
end)

paq

require "paq" { 
  'Pocco81/HighStr.nvim'
}

TL;DR

๐ŸŒฒ Table of Contents

๐ŸŽ Features

  • Highlight visual selection in any given pre-defined color.
  • Remove highlighting from lines in visual selection.
  • Users can set up foreground and background of any color.
  • Has a "smart" option to set foreground based on background.
  • Users can add any amount of colors.
  • Produce a verbose output for debugging (optional).
  • Export and import highlights!

๐Ÿ“บ Notices

Checkout the CHANGELOG.md file for more information on the notices below:

  • 16-08-21: Fixed #6: properly highlight imported highlights.
  • 30-07-21: Feat #1: import and export highlights!
  • 26-05-21: Fixed bug that prevented adding new colors and added option to remove all highlighting from the current buffer
  • 25-05-21: Just released!

๐Ÿ“ฆ Installation

Prerequisites

  • NeoVim nightly (>=v0.5.0)
  • A nice color scheme to complement your experience ;)

Adding the plugin

You can use your favorite plugin manager for this. Here are some examples with the most popular ones:

Vim-plug

Plug 'Pocco81/HighStr.nvim'

Packer.nvim

use "Pocco81/HighStr.nvim"

Vundle

Plugin 'Pocco81/HighStr.nvim'

NeoBundle

NeoBundleFetch 'Pocco81/HighStr.nvim'

Setup (configuration)

As it's stated in the TL;DR, there are already some sane defaults that you may like, however you can change them to match your taste. These are the defaults:

verbosity = 0,
saving_path = "/tmp/highstr/",
highlight_colors = {
    color_0 = {"#0c0d0e", "smart"},    -- Cosmic charcoal
    color_1 = {"#e5c07b", "smart"},    -- Pastel yellow
    color_2 = {"#7FFFD4", "smart"},    -- Aqua menthe
    color_3 = {"#8A2BE2", "smart"},    -- Proton purple
    color_4 = {"#FF4500", "smart"},    -- Orange red
    color_5 = {"#008000", "smart"},    -- Office green
    color_6 = {"#0000FF", "smart"},    -- Just blue
    color_7 = {"#FFC0CB", "smart"},    -- Blush pink
    color_8 = {"#FFF9E3", "smart"},    -- Cosmic latte
    color_9 = {"#7d5c34", "smart"},    -- Fallow brown
}

The way you setup the settings on your config varies on whether you are using vimL for this or Lua.

local high_str = require("high-str")

high_str.setup({
    verbosity = 0,
    saving_path = "/tmp/highstr/",
    highlight_colors = {
        -- color_id = {"bg_hex_code",<"fg_hex_code"/"smart">}
        color_0 = {"#0c0d0e", "smart"},    -- Cosmic charcoal
        color_1 = {"#e5c07b", "smart"},    -- Pastel yellow
        color_2 = {"#7FFFD4", "smart"},    -- Aqua menthe
        color_3 = {"#8A2BE2", "smart"},    -- Proton purple
        color_4 = {"#FF4500", "smart"},    -- Orange red
        color_5 = {"#008000", "smart"},    -- Office green
        color_6 = {"#0000FF", "smart"},    -- Just blue
        color_7 = {"#FFC0CB", "smart"},    -- Blush pink
        color_8 = {"#FFF9E3", "smart"},    -- Cosmic latte
        color_9 = {"#7d5c34", "smart"},    -- Fallow brown
    }
})
lua << EOF
local high_str = require("high-str")


high_str.setup({
    verbosity = 0,
    saving_path = "/tmp/highstr/",
    highlight_colors = {
        -- color_id = {"bg_hex_code",<"fg_hex_code"/"smart">}
        color_0 = {"#0c0d0e", "smart"},    -- Cosmic charcoal
        color_1 = {"#e5c07b", "smart"},    -- Pastel yellow
        color_2 = {"#7FFFD4", "smart"},    -- Aqua menthe
        color_3 = {"#8A2BE2", "smart"},    -- Proton purple
        color_4 = {"#FF4500", "smart"},    -- Orange red
        color_5 = {"#008000", "smart"},    -- Office green
        color_6 = {"#0000FF", "smart"},    -- Just blue
        color_7 = {"#FFC0CB", "smart"},    -- Blush pink
        color_8 = {"#FFF9E3", "smart"},    -- Cosmic latte
        color_9 = {"#7d5c34", "smart"},    -- Fallow brown
    }
})
EOF

For instructions on how to configure the plugin, check out the configuration section.

Updating

This depends on your plugin manager. If, for example, you are using Packer.nvim, you can update it with this command:

:PackerUpdate

๐Ÿค– Usage (commands)

All the commands follow the camel casing naming convention and have the HS prefix so that it's easy to remember that they are part of the HighStr.nvim plugin. These are all of them:

Default

  • :HSHighlight <integer>: highlights current visual selection and receives an <integer> that indicates which colors to use from the highlight_colors = {} table; if none is given, HighStr.nvim will pick color_1.
  • :HSRmHighlight <rm_all>: If the rm_all argument is given, removes all the highlighting in the current buffer. If not, does the same but for every line in visual selection.
  • :HSExport: exports highlights from the current session to <saving_path>. This command overrides previously saved highlights, so you may also use it for clearing them.
  • :HSImport: imports highlights from <saving_path>.

๐Ÿฌ Configuration

Although settings already have self-explanatory names, here is where you can find info about each one of them and their classifications!

General

This settings are unrelated to any group and are independent.

  • verbosity: (Integer) if greater that zero, enables verbose output (print what it does when you execute any of the two command).
  • saving_path: (String) path to a directory for saving the highlights when they get exported. The directory shouldn't necessarily exist, however, the only condition is that it must end with a forward slash the path you give (/).

Highlight Colors

The table highlight_colors = {} contains all of the colors HighStr.nvim will use when you highlight something. The convention is simple: color_<a_number>. Each color is a table in which the first element represents the background of the color (the highlight it self), and the second one represents the foreground (the color of the text that's being highlighted). The second parameter may also be the word "smart", to change the color of the foreground based on the background in order to get a better contrast (e.g. if background is white, set foreground to black). Here is an example:

color_1 = {"#FFF9E3", "smart"}

Here we are setting a cool color called Cosmic Latte (looks like white), that we are assigning to color_1 and we are giving its parameters to a table: the first one is the highlight itself ("#FFF9E3") and in the second one ("smart") we are telling it to set a foreground that will make contrast with the background (black in this case).

Conditions:

  • The numbers that are assigned to the colors (e.g. color_2) should not be repeated, because it's what you'll use to "call" that highlight color.
  • The color it self (argument one in a color's table) should be in its hex value.

๐Ÿงป Key-bindings

There are no default key-bindings. However, you can set them on your own as you'd normally do! Here is an example mapping <F3> to highlight stuff and <F4> to remove the highlighting:

For init.lua

vim.api.nvim_set_keymap(
    "v",
    "<F3>",
    ":<c-u>HSHighlight 1<CR>",
    {
        noremap = true,
        silent = true
    }
)

vim.api.nvim_set_keymap(
    "v",
    "<F4>",
    ":<c-u>HSRmHighlight<CR>",
    {
        noremap = true,
        silent = true
    }
)

For init.vim

vnoremap <silent> <f3> :<c-u>HSHighlight 1<CR>
vnoremap <silent> <f4> :<c-u>HSRmHighlight<CR>

๐Ÿ™‹ FAQ

  • Q: "What if I repeat a color's number?"

  • A: There would a conflict when calling :HSHighlight, however it will try and call any of those colors.

  • Q: "How can I view the doc from NeoVim?"

  • A: Use :help HighStr.nvim

๐Ÿซ‚ Contribute

Pull Requests are welcomed as long as they are properly justified and there are no conflicts. If your PR has something to do with the README or in general related with the documentation, I'll gladly merge it! Also, when writing code for the project you must use the .editorconfig file on your editor so as to "maintain consistent coding styles". For instructions on how to use this file refer to EditorConfig's website.

๐Ÿ’ญ Inspirations

The following projects inspired the creation of HighStr.nvim. If possible, go check them out to see why they are so amazing :]

๐Ÿ“œ License

HighStr.nvim is released under the GPL v3.0 license. It grants open-source permissions for users including:

  • The right to download and run the software freely
  • The right to make changes to the software as desired
  • The right to redistribute copies of the software
  • The right to modify and distribute copies of new versions of the software

For more convoluted language, see the LICENSE file.

๐Ÿ“‹ TO-DO

High Priority

  • Store and Restore highlights on a per-file basis

Low Priority

  • Add tab completion to get more than 10 numbers.