Emacs: Quote Lines

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a command to convert lines to quoted lines.

For example,




or with any other quote character:


or without comma:


or with any type of brackets:


Here it is.

(defun xah-quote-lines ()
  "Change current text block's lines to quoted lines with comma or other separator char.
When there is a text selection, act on the selection, else, act on a text block separated by blank lines.

For example,






If the delimiter is any left bracket, the end delimiter is automatically the matching bracket.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_quote_lines.html'
Version 2017-01-08"
  (let* (
           "Quote to use:" "\"" nil
           "line separator:" "," nil
         ($beginQuote $quoteToUse)
          ;; if begin quote is a bracket, set end quote to the matching one. else, same as begin quote
          (let (($syntableValue (aref (syntax-table) (string-to-char $beginQuote))))
            (if (eq (car $syntableValue ) 4) ; ; syntax table, code 4 is open paren
                (char-to-string (cdr $syntableValue))
    (if (use-region-p)
          (setq $p1 (region-beginning))
          (setq $p2 (region-end)))
        (if (re-search-backward "\n[ \t]*\n" nil "NOERROR")
            (progn (re-search-forward "\n[ \t]*\n")
                   (setq $p1 (point)))
          (setq $p1 (point)))
        (re-search-forward "\n[ \t]*\n" nil "NOERROR")
        (skip-chars-backward " \t\n" )
        (setq $p2 (point))))
        (narrow-to-region $p1 $p2)
        (goto-char (point-min))
        (skip-chars-forward "\t ")
        (insert $beginQuote)
        (goto-char (point-max))
        (insert $endQuote)
        (goto-char (point-min))
        (while (re-search-forward "\n\\([\t ]*\\)" nil "NOERROR" )
           (concat $endQuote $separator (concat "\n" (match-string 1)) $beginQuote) "FIXEDCASE" "LITERAL"))

Emacs Text Transform Under Cursor

  1. Toggle Letter Case
  2. Change to Title Case
  3. Upcase Sentences
  4. Cycle Replace Space Hyphen Underscore
  5. Remove Accent Marks
  6. Escape Quotes Command
  7. Spaces to New Lines
  8. Quote Lines
  9. Change Brackets/Quotes
  10. CSS Compressor
  11. Replace Greek Letter Names to Unicode
  12. Convert Straight/Curly Quotes
  13. Convert Full-Width/Half-Width Punctuations
  14. Lines to HTML Table

Enhanced Editing Commands Topic

  1. Select Line, between Quotes, Extend Selection
  2. Copy/Cut Current Line If No Selection
  3. Copy/Cut All or Selection
  4. Paste or Paste Previous
  5. Delete Whitespace around Cursor
  6. Move Cursor to Beginning of Line/Paragraph
  7. Move Cursor by Text Block
  8. Move Cursor to Bracket/Quote
  9. Move Cursor to Punctuation
  10. Delete Text Block
  11. Toggle Comment Current Line
  12. Insert Date Time
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