In regular (non-evil) emacs, if you select a rectangular region and hit
C-x r t to run
string-rectangle, inserted text is displayed on all the selected lines as you type.
In Vim, if you select a visual-block and hit
I, inserted text is only displayed on the top line until you finish by hitting
Escape, at which point it inserts the text on all non-empty lines.
I was really hoping that evil-mode would combine the best of both worlds: select a rectangular region, hit
I, and inserted text is displayed on all non-empty lines as you type. Unfortunately, it doesn't display the text as you type.
Is there a way to either make
evil-insert display inserted text on all non-empty lines or get
string-rectangle to respect empty lines?
Edit: I just realized there's also
string-insert-rectangle, which is like visual-block
I, in that it inserts text along the left edge of the rectangle, whereas
string-rectangle is more like visual-block
s because it replaces the existing contents of the rectangle with inserted text.
string-insert-rectangle also doesn't show the final results in the buffer until you complete your input, which makes me wonder if there's a reason behind this I haven't thought of.