I would like my minor mode to set the buffer font, but not the frame font (the font contains special characters I need, but the hinting is abysmal). I got to this point:

(define-minor-mode transcribe-mode 
    "A minor mode for transkription of old prints and manuscripts."
    :light "Transcribe mode"
    :keymap (let 
    ((map (make-sparse-keymap)))

    (define-key map (kbd "M-e") (kbd "ͤ"))  ;; superscript e
    (define-key map (kbd "M-n") (kbd "̃"))  ;; superscript tilde (for nasalization)
    (define-key map (kbd "M-r") (kbd "ꝛ"))  ;; r rotunda
    (define-key map (kbd "M-s") (kbd "ſ"))  ;; long s
    (define-key map (kbd "M-d n") (kbd ""))    ;; duplicate n
    (define-key map (kbd "M-d m") (kbd ""))    ;; duplicate m

    ;; map variants of German letters to their location on a German keyboard
    (define-key map (kbd "M-'") (kbd ""))  ;; a umlaut with superscript e
    (define-key map (kbd "M-;") (kbd ""))  ;; a umlaut with superscript e
    (define-key map (kbd "M-[") (kbd ""))  ;; a umlaut with superscript e
    (define-key map (kbd "M-u") (kbd "ů"))  ;; u with superscript o
    (define-key map (kbd "M--") (kbd "ß"))  ;; sharp s, sz ligature


    ;; turn on abbrev mode globally
    (setq-default abbrev-mode t)

    (setq-default auto-fill-function 'do-auto-fill)

    (visual-line-mode t)
    (setq-default word-wrap t)

(defun transcription-font-variable ()
        (setq buffer-face-mode-face '(:family "Andron Scriptor Web" :height 100))

(add-hook 'transcribe-hook 'transcription-font-variable)

(add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'transcribe-mode)

(provide 'transcribe-mode)

Everything works fine except the font change, and no errors or warnings are being displayed. The font is installed, setting it globally works. I'm using Emacs 24.

1 Answer 1


The hook is called transcribe-mode-hook, not transcribe-hook.

To see what the define-minor-mode macro actually does, place point after the last closing paren and call pp-macro-expand-last-sexp. Reading through the results you'll see the name of the hook. This is also documented in the manual.


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