27.5 The Syntax Table
All the Emacs commands which parse words or balance parentheses are
controlled by the "syntax table". The syntax table specifies which
characters are opening delimiters, which are parts of words, which are
string quotes, and so on. Actually, each major mode has its own syntax
table (though sometimes related major modes use the same one) which it
installs in each buffer that uses that major mode. The syntax table
installed in the current buffer is the one that all commands use, so we
call it "the" syntax table. A syntax table is a Lisp object, a vector
of length 256 whose elements are numbers.
- Syntax Entry. What the syntax table records for each character.
- Syntax Change. How to change the information.
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