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Re: My humble additions to AUCTeX

From: Marcin Borkowski
Subject: Re: My humble additions to AUCTeX
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:25:59 +0100

On 2014-01-13, at 21:47, Stefan Monnier <> wrote:

>> Also, I want to level up the word commands to token-aware commands.
> That'd be a mistake.  In Emacs, a "word" is not a "token".
> For those people who prefer symbol-navigation over word-navigation,
> Emacs-24.4 offers superword-mode.  And indeed, it would be nice to make
> superword-mode understand TeX's notion of "symbol".

OK, so let me revive this (over a year!) old thread.  (Last time I wrote
in it, I said that I'd look into new Emacs' superword-mode.  Well,
I just did.)

Here's the catch (and the summary of what I want to accomplish).  I'd
like M-f and M-b treat \these \things \as \words in AUCTeX mode.  The
rationale is that they are really the basic components of a (La)TeX

Now the advice Stefan gave me was to utilize superword-mode.  I can see
a few problems with this approach.  First is subjective: I looked into
the code, and have no idea how find-word-boundary-function-table works.
>From what I /did/ understand is that in superword-mode, M-f (somehow?)
calls (forward-symbol 1) and M-b calls (forward-symbol -1).

Now, I could somehow substitute my function for forward-symbol (assuming
that I will understand how that table works).

However, as I alluded in one of my previous posts, in LaTeX files the
code and (human-language) text are heavily interspersed.  Take this
line, for instance:

I \emph{really} like \LaTeX.

Assume that the point is at the beginning of line (I will denote it by
the vertical line, |.)  After a few subsequent presses of M-f, this is
what I would like to achieve:

I| \emph{really} like \LaTeX.
I \emph|{really} like \LaTeX.
I \emph{really|} like \LaTeX.
I \emph{really} like| \LaTeX.
I \emph{really} like \LaTeX|.

This is in fact how Emacs operates by default.  However, imagine that
I start with the point at the end of line, and press M-b repeatedly.
Here's what I'd like to see:

I \emph{really} like \LaTeX.
I \emph{really} like |\LaTeX.
I \emph{really} |like \LaTeX.
I \emph{|really} like \LaTeX.
I |\emph{really} like \LaTeX.

As you can see, it's different from the normal Emacs operation.

OTOH, this@is@treated@as@one@symbol in AUCTeX; but email@address
shouldn't.  So when the point is after `foo@bar', and the user presses
M-b, we should land at the `b'; but when the point if after `\foo@bar',
and the user presses M-b, we should land at the backslash.  (In fact,
it's even more complicated than that, with the \makeatletter and stuff,
but let's forget about it now.)

Yet another example: I'd like M-b to move to the backslash when the
point is after the comma in `foo\,'.  Normally, both (backward-word) and
(forward-symbol -1) travel all the way to the `f'.

In fact, I would also like a (single) M-f or M-b to skip the /entire/
math formula ($...$ or \(...\)) when I'm on its delimiter (this is
probably even more unorthodox, but would be very handy: M-f and M-b
would allow me to move between parts of the formula when I'm inside, but
would treat it as a single entity when I'm outside!)

Now I could more or less easily code these functions and e.g. define
a suitable minor mode.  My question is not how to do this, but /where/
to put my functions, so to speak.  IOW, what is the best/suggested
practice here?  Should I just turn it on in AUCTeX mode?  (Probably not
the best idea ever.)  Should I utilize superword mode?  (Might not be
a good idea either, since it might not work the way I want it to
/outside/ TeX commands.)  Should I define my own minor mode where
I redefine M-f and M-b?  (And M-d etc.?  This seems the best solution to

>         Stefan


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