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I'm using OS X, but I don't think that matters.

By default, both MacVim and [terminal] Vim handle auto-indentation of HTML 4.0 elements, but any HTML5 elements, such as <header> and <footer>, don't trigger the auto-indentation. They're also not syntax-highlighted.

How can I add let Vim recognize HTML5 elements, or better yet, make Vim recognize any element instead of only pre-configured ones?

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Without plugin, you can locate the html syntax file and add the html5 elements. But other people have already done the work for you, I think.

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I wasn't able to find the existing syntax file, but the one you linked to worked well. Thank you! –  Closure Cowboy Jun 21 '11 at 6:24
    
You are welcome. The default HTML syntax file can be found in /usr/share/vim. For MacVim it's located inside of the app bundle. –  romainl Jun 21 '11 at 7:30

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