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Re: How can I make emacs rendering engine highlight a string of characte
Re: How can I make emacs rendering engine highlight a string of characters ?
Sun, 21 Oct 2007 15:59:16 +1000
Gnus/5.110006 (No Gnus v0.6) Emacs/23.0.0 (gnu/linux)
> How can I make emacs rendering engine highlight a string of
> characters? What are the emacs primitives to highlight, italicize,
> bold-font, or such?
Other people have answers the "primitives" bit -- faces, etc -- but that
isn't quite the answer you needs.
> Is it correct that the text file is pure text and emacs renders it
> according to the settings of its rendering engine?
More or less, yes.
> So what are the primitives of this rendering engine? Where do we find
> other types of primitives? These primitives are separate from the
> lisp portion and they are probably what one would call the graphics
> part of the emacs software.
What you /want/ to look at is the "font-lock" stuff. That is, more or
less, a set of regular expressions that apply faces to text.
See the function `highlight-regexp' and friends for one-shot actions,
and the various info documentation for how the "Font Lock" facility
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