Xah Emacs Blog Archive 2016-09 to 2016-09

Emacs: Xah Fly Keys

page updated. More efficient than vim, or any emacs keybinding out there.

Emacs: Lookup Google, Dictionary, Documentation (updated)

Xah Emacs Packages Panel Index

new nav panel index for my packages.

Elisp: How to Create Keymap for Major Mode (new)

Xah Emacs Tutorial Update

emacs tutorial. New version out. Major rewrite to tens of articles in past 2 months. In particular, the lisp tutorials at Practical Emacs Lisp.

Buy Xah Emacs Tutorial

Recommend to a friend, Buy it. Thanks.

sending out update to previous buyers today.

emacs doge comment coloring

Elisp: How to Color Comment in Major Mode

completely rewritten.

Elisp: How to Write Keyword Completion Command

much revised and expanded.

stop ido-mode suggestion when write-file (aka save as)

Put the following in your emacs init:

(require 'ido)
;; stop ido suggestion when doing a save-as
(define-key (cdr ido-minor-mode-map-entry) [remap write-file] nil)

added to Emacs: Switch Buffer

got a cold

been sick in the past few days. Better now. What a pleasure it is to type code again.

i'll be rewriting several pages about how to write a major mode. Here Emacs Lisp How to Write Major Mode Panel Index

several pages there needs a review badly, in particular the keyword completion how-to and comment coloring how-to.

I think i'll finish that first, before i sent out the tutorial updates.

sorry about the delay in tutorial update.

elisp lesson will also continue. If you are late in the game, see Xah Teaches Emacs Lisp.

Do, Do, Do the exercises. That's the only way to learn.

gnu emacs 25.1 released

announcement at https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2016-09/msg00451.html

For linux, download from the link given above.

building emacs on linux is easy. see

How to Build Emacs on Linux

You can get Microsoft Windows binary version at




new features

release notes https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/news/NEWS.25.1

Artur Malabarba's blogs about emacs 25 features: http://endlessparentheses.com/tags-expanded.html#emacs-25

Mickey Petersen's blog about what's new https://www.masteringemacs.org/article/whats-new-in-emacs-25-1

Emacs Fun Panel Index

new side panel. A fun one. Pictures and logos stuff mostly.

Bought Xah's Emacs Tutorial, Didn't Receive It?

there's one guy in Germany who never received my tutorial. It seems you never got my emails. Can you message me if you see this?

If that's you, can you check your spam box? You can contact me on twitter https://twitter.com/ErgoEmacs/status/776663494573686785 or Google Plus https://plus.google.com/113859563190964307534 Thanks

Practical Emacs Lisp, Shaping into Course Material

Practical Emacs Lisp

the navigation panel on the side has seen more cleaned up.

(you may need to refresh and clear cache by Ctrl+Shift+r. )

I'm shaping the elisp tutorial into a focused course material.

random how-to and example articles are now collected at Emacs Lisp Misc Panel Index. For now.

Elisp: Cut Copy Paste to/from kill-ring (minor update)

elisp symbols, property list

Elisp: Lisp Symbol (updated)

Elisp: What's Function (on its own page)

Elisp: Property List (new page)

Elisp: Symbol Property List (new page)

Emacs: Font Configuration (minor update. added a screenshot.)

new command. xah-goto-matching-bracket

Emacs: Move Cursor to Bracket/Quote (refresh page)

Emacs: Move Cursor to Bracket/Quote

updated. Those commands, are critically important. They are far more useful than buildin emacs ways to navigate lisp code.

Emacs: Navigate Lisp Code as Tree (on its own page)

Emacs Lisp How to Write Major Mode Panel Index

new navigation panel. Few minor updates to the pages, will be going thru them in coming days.

Elisp: Replace HTML Entities (code update. Now make a report of occurrence.)

Elisp: Unicode Representation in String (minor update)

Elisp: Hash Table (updated)

Elisp: Function Optional Parameters (added full examples)