Once the Padre::Plugin::Vi is installed and enabled the user is in full vi-emulation mode, which was partially implemented.
The 3 basic modes of vi are in development:
When you turn on vi-mode, or load Padre with vi-mode already enabled you reach the normal navigation mode of vi.
We don't plan to impelement many of the configuration options of vi. Even parts that are going to be implemented will not use the same method of configuration.
That said, we are planning to add looking for vi configuration options in the source file so the editor can set its own configuration based on the vi configuration options.