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Re: format-mode-line

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: format-mode-line
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 18:04:19 -0500

     > When format is nil (for mode-line-format) or t (for header-line-format),
     > the resulting string is propertized with the proper mode-line and 
     > face as the base face.

    I'll show my ignorance: I don't know what a base face is and I can't
    find a definition in the manual.

There is no term "base face".  What he means is a face to apply
by default to any characters that don't specify some other face.
So that you would get the same face actually used in the mode line.

I think adding an argument specifying a default face for format-mode-line
is a good way to do it.

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