# [OS X Emacs] Re: Abbrevs with '' character don't work in Aquamacs 1.5

Pete Siemsen siemsen at ucar.edu
Mon Oct 12 10:55:49 EDT 2009

TextExpander works for me, inside Aquamacs or out.

-- Pete

On Oct 11, 2009, at 11:12 PM, Mike wrote:

> Ian Eure <ian <at> digg.com> writes:
>> Abbrevs depend on the syntax of the character inserted. They only
>> work
>> on a sequence of word-syntax characters. Since a backslash is
>> punctuation, it's not considered part of the abbreviation, and your
>> abbrev isn't expanded.
>>
>> E.g. If I type:
>>
>> \c [SPC]
>>
>> Abbrev will try to expand c', not \c'. This is not an Aquamacs bug,
>> it's how Abbrev is implemented in GNU Emacs.
>> ...
>>
>>  - Ian
>
>
> I'm glad I found this thread! I've been pulling my hair out trying
> to figure out
> what I was doing wrong with my abbreviations set-up on Aquamacs, but
> basically
>
> Xemacs on Ubuntu lets me use abbreviations that start with a '\'
> just fine, so
> I'm sad that it doesn't work on Aquamacs. If I'm hearing correctly,
> this must be
> some difference between Emacs and Xemacs?
>
> Most appreciative if anyone figures out a fix. For me, the best part
> abbreviations is that you can make "\a" map to "\alpha" and "\e" map
> to
> "\epsilon", etc. If they have to be four characters, or I have to
> hit '' like
> AucTeX wants me to, it doesn't give the same kind of efficiency boost.
>
> Oh well, I guess I can deal, or try yasnippet. =)
>
>  - Mike
>

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