(emacs)Text Mode

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Text Mode

   When you edit files of text in a human language, it's more convenient
to use Text mode rather than Fundamental mode.  Invoke `M-x text-mode'
to enter Text mode.  In Text mode, TAB runs the function
`tab-to-tab-stop', which allows you to use arbitrary tab stops set with
`M-x edit-tab-stops' (Note: Tab Stops.).  Features concerned with
comments in programs are turned off except when explicitly invoked.
The syntax table is changed so that periods are not considered part of
a word, while apostrophes, backspaces and underlines are.

   A similar variant mode is Indented Text mode, intended for editing
text in which most lines are indented.  This mode defines TAB to run
`indent-relative' (Note: Indentation.), and makes Auto Fill indent
the lines it creates.  The result is that normally a line made by Auto
Filling, or by LFD, is indented just like the previous line.  In
Indented Text mode, only blank lines separate paragraphs--indented
lines continue the current paragraph.  Use `M-x indented-text-mode' to
select this mode.

   Text mode, and all the modes based on it, define `M-TAB' as the
command `ispell-complete-word', which performs completion of the
partial word in the buffer before point, using the spelling dictionary
as the space of possible words.  Note: Spelling.

   Entering Text mode or Indented Text mode runs the hook
`text-mode-hook'.  Other major modes related to Text mode also run this
hook, followed by hooks of their own; this includes Nroff mode, TeX
mode, Outline mode and Mail mode.  Hook functions on `text-mode-hook'
can look at the value of `major-mode' to see which of these modes is
actually being entered.  Note: Hooks.

  Emacs provides two other modes for editing text that is to be passed
through a text formatter to produce fancy formatted printed output.

* Nroff Mode
The major mode for editing input to the formatter nroff.
* TeX Mode
The major modes for editing input to the formatter TeX.
  Another mode is used for editing outlines.  It allows you to view the
text at various levels of detail.  You can view either the outline
headings alone or both headings and text; you can also hide some of the
headings at lower levels from view to make the high level structure more

* Outline Mode
The major mode for editing outlines.

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