Is it possible so that each of the different visual modes have different mappings? For example:

visual-block-noremap     A      BB
visual-line-noremap      A      CC
visual-normal-noremap    A      DD

If so, what are the various mappings that can be used? Normally, I've used vnoremap for everything.

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Vim has no built-in way to differ mappings for Visual sub-modes, and I can't think of any good use case for this either, but it's certainly not too hard to do. For instance,

xnoremap <expr>A VisualMapping('BB', 'CC', 'DD')

function! VisualMapping(char, line, block) abort
    if mode() ==# 'v'
        return a:char
    elseif mode() ==# 'V'
        return a:line
    elseif mode() ==# "\<C-V>"
        return a:block
  • visualmode() returns the last visual mode; you want the current mode (i.e. mode()).
    – user938271
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:40
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    @user938271 Ah, yeah... I didn't check it at all. When you do it with <expr> you need mode(), but when it's without it you need visualmode() (as you've just left it).
    – Matt
    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:12

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