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This is a mirror of http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=4243 DESCRIPTION This plugin allows you to use your normal tab settings ('tabstop', 'smarttabstop', 'expandtab') for the beginning of the line (up to the first non-whitespace character), and have <Tab> expanded to the appropriate number of spaces (i.e. like :set expandtab) anywhere else. This effectively distinguishes "indenting" from "alignment"; the characters inserted by <Tab> depend on the local context. HOW IT WORKS This plugin overrides the default behavior of the <Tab> and <BS> keys in insert mode. RELATED WORKS - ctab.vim (vimscript #231) by Michael Geddes exists since 2002. It also offers global and buffer-local mappings, but uses a slightly different approach, does not handle comment[prefixes], instead has some filetype-specific stuff. It also remaps <CR>, o and O, and additionally offers a :RetabIndent command. - http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Converting_tabs_to_spaces USAGE The indent tab can be en-/disabled globally or only for a particular buffer. call IndentTab#Set( isTurnOn, isGlobal ) You probably want to define your own mappings / commands for that, or do this for certain filetypes only. <Tab> Uses normal tab settings at the beginning of the line (before the first non-whitespace character), and inserts spaces otherwise. <BS> Uses normal tab settings to delete tabs at the beginning of the line; elsewhere it also removes "space-expanded" tabs as if 'softtabstop' were enabled. The exact circumstances under which the normal tab settings apply are configured by the g:IndentTab_scopes setting.