I've put together a simple major mode for syntax highlighting and indentation of AQL. This is my first, and I'm open to any suggestions there, but my question is more specific:

When I type two slashes to begin a comment, the moment I type the second slash the cursor jumps back to the beginning of the line, and the line is indented.

This even happens if I've already typed a bunch of code on the line. So if I have the following line (^ is the cursor):

for u in users

and then I start to put a comment at the end of the line, the moment I type two slashes the cursor jumps:

for u in users \\

What's going on here? I've tried playing with and disabling electric-indent-mode, and I've tried manipulating electric-indent-chars but have not been able to alter this behavior in any way.

Any thoughts on how to proceed?

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Hmm found a workable solution Based on this answer


I added the following to the mode's keymap (called custom-map below)

(define-key custom-map "/" 'self-insert-command)
(define-key custom-map "*" 'self-insert-command)

And all is resolved. Not sure if this is the right way, but it seems to work...

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