Commit dc08c4a0 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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Correct syntax table data structure. Other clarifications about

syntax tables.
parent 85d6c6e7
......@@ -1980,23 +1980,28 @@ normally treats @key{BACKSPACE} as @key{DEL}.
All the Emacs commands which parse words or balance parentheses are
controlled by the @dfn{syntax table}. The syntax table says which
characters are opening delimiters, which are parts of words, which are
string quotes, and so on. Each major mode has its own syntax table
(though sometimes related major modes use the same one) which it
installs in each buffer that uses that major mode. The syntax table
installed in the current buffer is the one that all commands use, so we
call it ``the'' syntax table. A syntax table is a Lisp object, a
char-table, whose elements are numbers.
string quotes, and so on. It does this by assigning each character to
one of fifteen-odd @dfn{syntax classes}. In some cases it specifies
some additional information also.
Each major mode has its own syntax table (though sometimes related
major modes share one syntax table) which it installs in each buffer
that uses the mode. The syntax table installed in the current buffer
is the one that all commands use, so we call it ``the'' syntax table.
@kindex C-h s
@findex describe-syntax
To display a description of the contents of the current syntax table,
type @kbd{C-h s} (@code{describe-syntax}). The description of each
character includes both the string you would have to give to
To display a description of the contents of the current syntax
table, type @kbd{C-h s} (@code{describe-syntax}). The description of
each character includes both the string you would have to give to
@code{modify-syntax-entry} to set up that character's current syntax,
and some English to explain that string if necessary.
starting with the character which designates its syntax class, plus
some English text to explain its meaning.
For full information on the syntax table, see @ref{Syntax Tables,,
Syntax Tables, elisp, The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual}.
A syntax table is actually a Lisp object, a char-table, whose
elements are cons cells. For full information on the syntax table,
see @ref{Syntax Tables,, Syntax Tables, elisp, The Emacs Lisp
Reference Manual}.
@node Init File
@section The Init File, @file{~/.emacs}
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