You can customize case conversion by installing a special case table. A case table specifies the mapping between upper case and lower case letters. It affects both the case conversion functions for Lisp objects (see the previous section) and those that apply to text in the buffer (see Case Changes). Each buffer has a case table; there is also a standard case table which is used to initialize the case table of new buffers.
A case table is a char-table (see Char-Tables) whose subtype is
case-table. This char-table maps each character into the
corresponding lower case character. It has three extra slots, which
hold related tables:
The upcase table maps each character into the corresponding upper case character.
The canonicalize table maps all of a set of case-related characters into a particular member of that set.
The equivalences table maps each one of a set of case-related characters into the next character in that set.
In simple cases, all you need to specify is the mapping to lower-case; the three related tables will be calculated automatically from that one.
For some languages, upper and lower case letters are not in one-to-one correspondence. There may be two different lower case letters with the same upper case equivalent. In these cases, you need to specify the maps for both lower case and upper case.
The extra table canonicalize maps each character to a canonical equivalent; any two characters that are related by case-conversion have the same canonical equivalent character. For example, since ‘a’ and ‘A’ are related by case-conversion, they should have the same canonical equivalent character (which should be either ‘a’ for both of them, or ‘A’ for both of them).
The extra table equivalences is a map that cyclically permutes each equivalence class (of characters with the same canonical equivalent). (For ordinary ASCII, this would map ‘a’ into ‘A’ and ‘A’ into ‘a’, and likewise for each set of equivalent characters.)
When constructing a case table, you can provide
canonicalize; then Emacs fills in this slot from the lower case
and upper case mappings. You can also provide
equivalences; then Emacs fills in this slot from
canonicalize. In a case table that is actually in use, those
components are non-
nil. Do not try to specify
equivalences without also specifying canonicalize.
Here are the functions for working with case tables:
This predicate returns non-
nil if object is a valid case
This function makes table the standard case table, so that it will be used in any buffers created subsequently.
This returns the standard case table.
This function returns the current buffer’s case table.
This sets the current buffer’s case table to table.
with-case-table macro saves the current case table, makes
table the current case table, evaluates the body forms,
and finally restores the case table. The return value is the value of
the last form in body. The case table is restored even in case
of an abnormal exit via
throw or error (see Nonlocal Exits).
Some language environments modify the case conversions of
ASCII characters; for example, in the Turkish language
environment, the ASCII capital I is downcased into
a Turkish dotless i (‘ı’). This can interfere with code that requires
ordinary ASCII case conversion, such as implementations of
ASCII-based network protocols. In that case, use the
with-case-table macro with the variable ascii-case-table,
which stores the unmodified case table for the ASCII
The case table for the ASCII character set. This should not be modified by any language environment settings.
The following three functions are convenient subroutines for packages that define non-ASCII character sets. They modify the specified case table case-table; they also modify the standard syntax table. See Syntax Tables. Normally you would use these functions to change the standard case table.
set-case-syntax-pairuc lc case-table
This function specifies a pair of corresponding letters, one upper case and one lower case.
set-case-syntax-delimsl r case-table
This function makes characters l and r a matching pair of case-invariant delimiters.
set-case-syntaxchar syntax case-table
This function makes char case-invariant, with syntax syntax.
This command displays a description of the contents of the current buffer’s case table.