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template syntax hi-lighting

Using Vim with Django

This page is intended to be used as a collection of hints for using the Vim editor with Django.


The SnippetsEmu plugin for Vim allows one to define abbreviations which can be expanded into larger blocks of text. The abbreviations can also contain place markers which can be 'jumped to' in a similar manner to the macros defined in TextMate on OS X.

The following is a collection of Django specific abbreviations for use with the plugin (using the default start and end tags: '<' and '>'):


Iabbr addmodel class <>(meta.Model):<CR><><CR><CR>def __repr__(self):<CR>return "%s" % (<>,)<CR><CR>class META:<CR>admin = meta.Admin()<CR><CR>
Iabbr mcf meta.CharField(maxlength=<>)<CR><>
Iabbr mff meta.FileField(upload_to=<>)<CR><>
Iabbr mfpf meta.FilePathField(path=<>, match=<".*">, recursive=<False>)<CR><>
Iabbr mfloat meta.FloatField(max_digits=<>, decimal_places=<>)<CR><>
Iabbr mfk meta.ForeignKey(<>, edit_inline=<False>)<CR><>
Iabbr m2m meta.ManyToManyField(<>)<CR><>
Iabbr o2o meta.OneToOneField(<>)<CR><>


Templates should be used with different tag delimiters as they will no doubt contain (X)HTML which will confuse the plugin. Assuming start and end tags are '@':

Iabbr fore {% for @entry@ in @list@ %}<CR>{{ @entry@.@@ }}<CR>@@{% endfor %}<CR>@@


The xml.vim plugin is really useful for editing XML and HTML files. It makes tag completion easy and allows you to bounce between start and end tags.

Syntax for tempates

This is a simple addition to let Vim deal with Django template syntax:

Create the file: $VIM/vimfiles/after/syntax/html.vim with the following content:

syn region  djangotagmarkers start="{{" end="}}"
syn region  djangovariablemarkers start="{%" end="%}"
command! -nargs=+ HiLink hi def link <args>
HiLink djangotagmarkers PreProc
HiLink djangovariablemarkers PreProc
delcommand HiLink

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