The variable face-remapping-alist is used for buffer-local or
global changes in the appearance of a face. For instance, it is used
to implement the
text-scale-adjust command (see Text
Scale in The GNU Emacs Manual).
The value of this variable is an alist whose elements have the form
(face . remapping). This causes Emacs to display
any text having the face face with remapping, rather than
the ordinary definition of face.
remapping may be any face spec suitable for a
property: either a face (i.e., a face name or a property list of
attribute/value pairs), or a list of faces. For details, see the
description of the
face text property in Special Properties. remapping serves as the complete specification for
the remapped face—it replaces the normal definition of face,
instead of modifying it.
If face-remapping-alist is buffer-local, its local value takes effect only within that buffer.
Note: face remapping is non-recursive. If remapping references
the same face name face, either directly or via the
:inherit attribute of some other face in remapping, that
reference uses the normal definition of face. For instance, if
mode-line face is remapped using this entry in
(mode-line italic mode-line)
then the new definition of the
mode-line face inherits from the
italic face, and the normal (non-remapped) definition of
The following functions implement a higher-level interface to face-remapping-alist. Most Lisp code should use these functions instead of setting face-remapping-alist directly, to avoid trampling on remappings applied elsewhere. These functions are intended for buffer-local remappings, so they all make face-remapping-alist buffer-local as a side-effect. They manage face-remapping-alist entries of the form
(face relative-spec-1 relative-spec-2 ... base-spec)
where, as explained above, each of the relative-spec-N and
base-spec is either a face name, or a property list of
attribute/value pairs. Each of the relative remapping entries,
relative-spec-N, is managed by the
functions; these are intended for simple modifications like changing
the text size. The base remapping entry, base-spec, has
the lowest priority and is managed by the
face-remap-reset-base functions; it is intended for major
modes to remap faces in the buffers they control.
face-remap-add-relativeface &rest specs
This function adds the face spec in specs as relative remappings for face face in the current buffer. The remaining arguments, specs, should form either a list of face names, or a property list of attribute/value pairs.
The return value is a Lisp object that serves as a cookie; you can
pass this object as an argument to
if you need to remove the remapping later.
;; Remap the 'escape-glyph' face into a combination ;; of the 'highlight' and 'italic' faces: (face-remap-add-relative 'escape-glyph 'highlight 'italic) ;; Increase the size of the 'default' face by 50%: (face-remap-add-relative 'default :height 1.5)
This function removes a relative remapping previously added by
face-remap-add-relative. cookie should be the Lisp
object returned by
face-remap-add-relative when the remapping
face-remap-set-baseface &rest specs
This function sets the base remapping of face in the current
buffer to specs. If specs is empty, the default base
remapping is restored, similar to calling
(see below); note that this is different from specs containing a
nil, which has the opposite result (the global
definition of face is ignored).
This overwrites the default base-spec, which inherits the global face definition, so it is up to the caller to add such inheritance if so desired.
This function sets the base remapping of face to its default value, which inherits from face’s global definition.