(emacs)Syntax


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The Syntax Table
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   All the Emacs commands which parse words or balance parentheses are
controlled by the "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 vector
of length 256 whose elements are numbers.

   To display a description of the contents of the current syntax table,
type `C-h s' (`describe-syntax').  The description of each character
includes both the string you would have to give to
`modify-syntax-entry' to set up that character's current syntax, and
some English to explain that string if necessary.

   For full information on the syntax table, see *Note Syntax Table:
(elisp)Syntax Table.


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