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In Textmate I can do something like when I have the following:

<div>
    <p>new

If I press optshift. it will add in the matching tag. So when I press it once, it will look like:

<div>
    <p>new</p>

If I press it a second time:

<div>
    <p>new</p></div>

And if I press it a third time, nothing will happen as there are no open tags. What is the best way to do this in vim?

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In vim, you can complete open html tags and close tags using omni-completion, invoked via ctrl-xctrl-o. To do this though, you must first type < or </ depending on which tag you want. For close, the tag corresponding to the nearest unclosed open tag will be chosen, for example:

<div>
  <p>asdf</p>
</[]    <-- PRESS ctrl-x ctrl-o HERE

This is a little bit inconvenient, so we can make a mapping for close tag:

inoremap <c-b> </<c-x><c-o>

Pressing ctrl-b in insert mode will enter the desired close tag. This map works, but isn't ideal because it will enter </> when no close tab is appropriate. We can modify the map to help

inoremap <c-b> <c-\><c-o>a</<c-x><c-o><c-r>=get(v:completed_item, 'word', '>') ==# '>' ? "\<lt>c-u>" : ''<cr>

The idea behind this map is if only > was inserted, backspace the inserted text. The point of <c-\><c-o>a is to limit the amount backspaced over with <c-u>.

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  • I did not know about <c-\>, I feel like a whole new world has just opened before me. Thanks! – Biggybi Apr 29 at 1:00
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You could use the plugin called vim-closetag which does exactly this.

The big advantage over the default omni-completion is you don't need to type as much.

The matching closing tag will be automatically inserted after your cursor. Just type > by default to insert a new line between those new tags, pretty convenient.

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