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What does <++> signify?

In typing bracket pairs while coding, I usually type the opening and closing bracket before typing in the contents like so:

\documentclass{} article

In Vim latex-suite, whenever I type in a matching pair, <++> shows up automatically. Picking up from the previous example, I'd get the following

\documentclass{}<++>

What are the <++> for? They also show up when I use (), {}, and [].

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marked as duplicate by Leo Liu, Werner, cmhughes, Caramdir, Aditya Nov 7 '11 at 7:36

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It allows you to jump outside of the grouping operators by pressing CTRL J

When you press CTRL J, the cursor takes you to the position, deletes the <++>, and leaves you in insert mode, ready to type. Once you get used to it, it is a very useful device and huge time saver.

You'll also find the <++> device if you type enumerate and then press F5 for example.

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