February 11, 2012 12:13 a.m.
Do you spend so much time in Vi/Vim that you wish all or most programs had the same functionality and hot keys? Would you also like the ability to rarely or ever take your hands off the keyboard to navigate your web browser? Well, then Pentadactyl is the goods for Firefox.
It is a bit tough to get used to initially since your Menu and Address bars disappear. Although, you can bring them back fairly easy by typing ":set go+=mTB<CR>" It's not really recommended if you want to get the full experience.
Initially I decided to give it a full two week trial using it exclusively for my web browsing experience. All I can say at this point is that I'm sold! I completely love the fact that I can navigate my browser with the same h,j,k,l keys, gg to the top, shift+g to the bottom, search starting with / and then typing "n" to find the next, and much, much, much more, etc...
Not to mention that you can type "f" to highlight every link on the page numerically and jump to that link in the same window by typing that number. Then again, you can type F to get the same numeric list to jump to a link in a new tab.
I experimented several years ago with an Add-on called Vimperator that did pretty much the same. Although, lacked a bit in ease of use that turned me off enough to disable/remove and forget about it. Now, I'm not saying that Vimperator was bad on any level. It just didn't provide enough at the time for me to use it on a regular basis. I've also heard that the core programmers from Vimperator are the ones that started and maintain Pentadactyl. Hence my reason for giving a VI/VIM browser Add-on another whirl.
At this point my Firefox browsing experience will never be the same! I'd suggest that every Vi/Vim enthusiast give it a try just for fun.