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magic-mode-alist gets in the way

From: James J. Ramsey
Subject: magic-mode-alist gets in the way
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 12:17:34 -0800 (PST)

I found out the hard way about magic-mode-alist when I
found that this line in my ~/.emacs didn't work:

(setq auto-mode-alist (cons '("\\.html\\'" .
nxml-mode) auto-mode-alist))

magic-mode-alist overrides this, which is annoying.

I'm not sure what the right solution is, since there
were definite reasons for having magic-mode-alist
override auto-mode-alist. Still, two things:

1) it is far easier for a user to customise
auto-mode-alist than magic-mode-alist, since the
latter requires thinking up a regexp, and

2) not everyone wants to use the bundled html-mode in

Having Emacs do what I thought I told it *not* to do
is frustrating.

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