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Re: Abbrev for shorthand purposes

From: kf
Subject: Re: Abbrev for shorthand purposes
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2022 20:08:06 -0400
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On 8/5/22 1:31 AM, uzibalqa via Users list for the GNU Emacs text editor wrote:
Have been trying to use abbrev for shorthand purposes. I can go from text to 
shorthand but not the other way round, because
of the punctuation. Is there something I can do? Use of abbrev-mode also fails 
in situations when different the same abbreviation
could expand to more than one word.

("wayward" "wa/") ("westward" "W/")
("adjustment" "ajs-") ("armament" "am-")
("basement" "bs-") ("casement" "ks-")
("enactment" "nak-") ("enjoyment" "njy-")
("enlargement" "nlj-") ("entertainment" "Ntn-") ("measurement" "mz/-") ("movement" 
("recommend" "rk-") ("require" "rqi") ("separate" "sp;")
("silk" "slk") ("struck" "Sk") ("subject" "sj")

Since no one else has yet to reply, I'll jump in with my non-expertise.

I see at least two problems: (1) the order of your terms is reversed, e.g., '("wayward" "wa/")' should be '("wa/" "wayward")' and (2) those term pairs should be one to a line, at least that's how emacs has always constructed my ~/.abbrevs file.

In addition, there are some other terms to each line. Here's a small part of my ~/.abbrevs file:

(define-abbrev-table 'global-abbrev-table
    ("aann" "Just got an annoyance phone call." nil :count 14)
    ("abck" "back" nil :count 3)
    ("abiltiy" "ability" nil :count 2)
    ("abotu" "about" nil :count 41)
    ("abt" "about" nil :count 1)
    ("abuot" "about" nil :count 7)

The first line defines a table of abbrevs for all modes. My ~/.abbrevs contains multiple tables, each for a different mode.

Note that there are 5 elements to each line. Unfortunately, I understand only the first two, but that much has worked for me for a long time.


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