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Re: emacs abbreviation mode

From: Nikolaj Schumacher
Subject: Re: emacs abbreviation mode
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 01:27:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1.50 (darwin)

Fabrizio Sidoli <address@hidden> wrote:

> Emacs appears not to like the abbreviation to have the special
> character '\'.

I was bothered by this recently as well.  It appears Emacs just uses
characters with word-syntax (see `char-syntax') for abbreviations.

There are some advantages to this, for instance a closing ")" will also
trigger an expansion, because only the word before is looked up.
(Don't know how XEmacs handles that ...)

I currently defadvice expand-abbrev with a custom syntax-table to allow
more characters.  If anybody knows a cleaner way to tweak this, I'm
interested ...

Nikolaj Schumacher

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