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Markup formatting during keyboard input depending on template

From: hack writer
Subject: Markup formatting during keyboard input depending on template
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:53 +0200
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Hi everyone,

I hope this is the right place to get some help writing an Emacs mode. I
would like to create a mode that behaves the following way:

When starting a new paragraph, Emacs asks in a buffer window, which
template to use:

buffer window:
1 - standard (default)
2 - person
3 - insertion
4 - location
5 - header

Just <ENTER> selects 1 - standard (default).

Whenever two captital letters are put in, everything till the next space
or line ending should be in capitals:

PErson -> PERSON


The standard-template works something like this:

A standard paragraph starts with a person. After the person, there may or
may not follow some ():

If (), then follows a line break:

input (note the missing <SPACE>):
PErson(doing something).bla bla bla.

PERSON <i>(doing something)</i>.
bla bla bla.

If no ():

PErson.bla bla bla.

PERSON. bla bla bla.

For demonstrating what should happened depending on the chosen template,
here are some sample inputs:

Choose "1 - standard" + input:
PErson(doing something. Something else. Something else).bla bla
bla<ENTER>bla bla bla<ENTER>bla bla bla.<ENTER><ENTER>

should become:

<standard>PERSON <i>(doing something. Something else. Something else)</i>.
bla bla bla
bla bla bla
bla bla bla.</standard>

Choose "2 - person" + input:
Description of a place. PErson NAmed CHuck walks around the corner.<ENTER>

<person><i>Description of a place.</i> PERSON NAMED CHUCK <i>walks around
the corner.</i></person>

Choose "3 - insertion" + input:
Something happens. Something can be heard. Something can be seen.<ENTER>

<insertion><i>(Something happens. Something can be heard. Something can be

Depending on the selected template, a paragraph ends with <ENTER> or

The final markup file (html, xml, whatever) should be used in LibreOffice
for further processing.

I already wrote an Emacs mode some time ago. Very simple thing. But with
this here, I would be grateful for every hint you can offer (even if it's
only an other place where I can discuss this).

Thank you,


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