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Re: Specifying mode in file variables trouble

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: Specifying mode in file variables trouble
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:29:53 +0200
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Richard M. Stallman wrote:
>     For each of them I have one with html-mode as main mode and one with
>     nxhtml-mode as main mode.
> Why is it necessary to have both?

There are currently to different major modes for handling XHTML files in

html-mode: This is based on sgml-mode. This is a "normal" major mode
where everything works ok with MuMaMo.

nxml-mode: This is James Clark's nXml mode which has DTD based
validation and completion for XML files. (DTD=Document Type Definition,
this describes what XML tags and attributes are allowed and where etc.)

nxhtml-mode is based on nxml-mode. I have added some more convenient
completion functions for XHTML files there. This is not part of Emacs. I
distribute it in the nXhtml package together with MuMaMo.

There are still some problems with the nxml-mode parser and multi major
modes. Most of the time it works well, but it is not perfect.

So there are two reasons:

- html-mode is included in Emacs, but nxhtml-mode is not.
- html-mode works ok with multi major modes, while there are some minor
(from a users perspective) glitches with how nxhtml-mode works with
multi major modes.

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