I have auto-insert-mode configured to insert a basic XML file in nxml-mode, but nxml-mode is then still configured to use an empty schema, as if the file was still empty. How can I automatically make nxml-mode use the correct schema corresponding to the template? Set schema automatically in the menus does work, but I want to run this automatically.

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I never used that but looking at the documentation and code, I think the function you're talking about is rng-auto-set-schema from rng-validate-mode. This minor mode is enabled by default with nxml-mode.

Here is what auto-insert-mode does:

  (if auto-insert-mode
      (add-hook 'find-file-hook 'auto-insert)
    (remove-hook 'find-file-hook 'auto-insert)))

The problem is probably that find-file-hook is considered only after the major mode has been selected, so rng-auto-set-schema is called before your snippet is actually inserted in the buffer.

Since auto-insert apparently does not provide any hooks, I see two ways to work around that:

  • advise auto-insert so that after inserting, it calls rng-auto-set-schema if major mode is nxml-mode,

  • add a hook at the end of find-file-hook to do the same thing.

Here's a tentative for the second solution:

(defun my-set-schema-if-nxml ()
  (if (eq major-mode 'nxml-mode)

(add-hook 'find-file-hook 'my-set-schema-if-nxml t)
  • I'd love to see someone implement a more generic solution: when the buffer starts empty, setup an after-change-function which tries to set the schema. And remove this after-change-function as soon as we have enough data to determine the schema (i.e. as soon as we see the end of the first opening tag).
    – Stefan
    Jan 28, 2016 at 14:22

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