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Inspired by zap-to-char, this library defines different routines operating on the next/previous N'th occurrence of a character. When invoking one of these commands, the user is interactively queried for a character while the potential target positions are highlighted.

For example, M-s (fastnav-jump-to-char-forward) highlights the next occurrences of each character and prompts for one. Once the user picks a char, the point is moved to that position. Subsequent invocations of M-s before picking a character increases N, that is, the second, third, etc. occurrences are highlighted and targeted.

The sprint-forward/backward commands apply iterative jumping until return/C-g is hit, making it possible to reach any point of the text with just a few keystrokes.

To use it, simply install fastnav package from Marmalade repo, and add something like this to your init file:

   (require 'fastnav)
   (global-set-key "\M-z" 'fastnav-zap-up-to-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-Z" 'fastnav-zap-up-to-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-s" 'fastnav-jump-to-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-S" 'fastnav-jump-to-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-r" 'fastnav-replace-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-R" 'fastnav-replace-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-i" 'fastnav-insert-at-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-I" 'fastnav-insert-at-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-j" 'fastnav-execute-at-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-J" 'fastnav-execute-at-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-k" 'fastnav-delete-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-K" 'fastnav-delete-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-m" 'fastnav-mark-to-char-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-M" 'fastnav-mark-to-char-backward)
   (global-set-key "\M-p" 'fastnav-sprint-forward)
   (global-set-key "\M-P" 'fastnav-sprint-backward)