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Re: Useful syntax highlighting (font lock) in a mixed xml lua file

From: Titus von der Malsburg
Subject: Re: Useful syntax highlighting (font lock) in a mixed xml lua file
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 18:11:49 +0100

Perhaps you can use MuMaMo?

   "Mumamo is a library for cooperation of multiple
   major modes in a buffer. mumamo divides the buffer
   into chunks, each with its own major mode."


On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Timur Aydin <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am working on an xml file that has an embedded CDATA section which
> contains lua source code. I am mostly working on the lua code and would like
> that code to be syntax highlighted by emacs. When I activate lua-mode, it
> understandably gets confused because of all the surrounding xml. When I
> activate xml-mode, the xml stuff is properly syntax highlighted, but the lua
> code in the CDATA section is uniformly colored plain text.
> Is there a way to utilize font-lock mode in a sensible manner? I attempted
> to put the lua code in a separate file (script.lua) and then included it
> into the xml using DOCTYPE and ENTITY tags, but this didn't help, because I
> don't have any control over the software that parses this xml file. It isn't
> able to deal with extra xml tags.
> So my only hope is to be able to tell emacs to font-lock a region bounded by
> a CDATA tag using lua-mode and to font-lock the rest using xml-mode. Is
> there a way to do this?
> --
> Timur Aydin

Titus von der Malsburg
DFG Research Group 868: Mind and Brain Dynamics
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Potsdam

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