I've looked for a solution to this a number of times. Suppose 'kg' normally expands to 'knowledge' in my abbrev file. I wonder if there is any way to get emacs to expand after a single or double quotation mark, as in expanding from




I don't know lisp well but am willing to play with my .emacs. Thanks for any help!

Edit: I just noticed that it works fine in the scratch buffer, but not in markdown or LaTeX modes.

  • It's technically a small bug in LaTeX mode, because it redefines the double quote key and so the abbrev doesn't expand. What's your emacs version, I can write you a workaround. – Malabarba Mar 28 '15 at 23:44
  • GNU Emacs 24.3.1 - but it happens in markdown mode too, where the quotation-mark substitution does not take place. – Steve Petersen Mar 29 '15 at 19:54

How about this?

(with-eval-after-load 'tex-mode
 (defun expand-and-insert-space ()
  (insert "\ ")))

(define-key latex-mode-map (kbd "<SPC>") 'expand-and-insert-space)
(define-key latex-mode-map (kbd "<M-/>") 'expand-abbrev)

EDITED to include eval-after-load

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    Hmm thanks! I tried that but got Symbol's value as variable is void: latex-mode-map. Unfortunately this means little to me. – Steve Petersen Nov 24 '15 at 17:42
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    Could be fixed by wrapping in (with-eval-after-load 'tex-mode ...). – npostavs Jul 20 '16 at 18:50
  • Sorry I only just saw this answer - I guess I don't have notifications on. It seems to work, thanks! To be clear, I just add that first code line, (with-eval-after-load 'tex-mode (defun expand-and-insert-space () (interactive) (expand-abbrev) (insert "\ "))) - right? – Steve Petersen Aug 1 '16 at 13:23
  • You should add the whole thing so that you can remap the space key. This is a hacky workaround and won't expand, for instance, when you hit delimiters like , and . unless you redefine those also. – incandescentman Aug 2 '16 at 3:04

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