Trying to write elisp code to select inner WORD as achieved by viW normal mode keystrokes

Gordon Gustafson gordon3.14 at
Sun Jan 31 17:56:14 CET 2016

Does this work?

    (define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "`") "viW*")

Change the backtick to the key you want to bind to, of course.

On 1/27/16, Guido Van Hoecke <guivho at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a happy user of evil-visualstar
> (
> I frequently use this key sequence: 'viW*' (without the quotes)
> I'd like to write a short function that achieves this so that I can map it
> to a single key in evil-normal-state-map, something like
>   (defun guivho-viW-star()
>     "Visual select inner WORD and search for it"
>     (interactive)
>    ;(select-inner-WORD-function-as-would-be-achieved-by-viW)
>    (evil-visualstar/begin-search-forward))
> I've looked up what is called by 'v', and it claims to be defined in
> evil-states-el, but I don't find it there. It claims to be defined as
> (evil-visual-char &optional MARK POINT TYPE MESSAGE)
> but I don/t know how to express the 'iW' part in that signature.
> Please advise,
> TIA,
> Guido

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