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I would like to use YASnippet template system to expand abbreviations. (I don't want to use abbrev-mode which use space or symbols for expansion.)

It is not convenient to create a new file for each of my abbreviation. Could I define yasnippet templates using elisp (in init.el) instead of using the YASnippet files structure?

  • You might be interested in github.com/Kungsgeten/yankpad – npostavs Aug 12 '17 at 10:46
  • Thank for the pointer. It looks good, but I found a simpler approach recently. So I will answer my question below. – AhLeung Sep 2 '17 at 23:25
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Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20080319085637/http://code.google.com/p/yasnippet/wiki/HowtoDefineSnippet

You can use yas-define-snippets to define a bunch of snippet for a mode at a time. The basic syntax is:

(yas-define-snippets MODE SNIPPETS)

Here's an example:

(yas-define-snippets 'text-mode
  '(("email" "`user-mail-address`" "User's email address")
    ("time" "`(current-time-string)`" "Current Time")
    ("foo" "blablablabla")))
  • That web page is obsolete, yas/define no longer exists, and the syntax for yas-define-snippets is different – npostavs Sep 3 '17 at 2:06
  • Let me remove yas/define. Thanks. Btw, I am using (yas-define-snippets ...) which still works for me. – AhLeung Sep 3 '17 at 5:09
  • Oh you are right, the definition of yas-define-snippets is different. I updated my answer. – AhLeung Sep 3 '17 at 5:11

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