When i evaluate the paragraph-start variable in the major mode lisp-mode, it has the following value
In emacs the
^L is displayed in red color so I'm not sure if there is some character in between that I could not be displayed properly.
According to the elisp manual paragraph-start is a buffer local variable and is set "to specify that only blank lines separate paragrap" in Lisp mode. However, I don't see how the regex above matches blank line. I would parse the regex above in the following way:
^L\\: This matches lines that begin with
L\, since the anchor
^indicates start of string or line and
\\indicates an escaped
|indicates an or joining the regex before (1) and after (3).
[ ]*$: The first part
[ ]is a character class containing just the space character (why are there multiple space characters in it?). The quantifier
*indicates that the preceding character class, which is only space, shall be matched zero or more times at the End which is indicated by the anchor
Furthermore, the emacs (25.2.1) documentation C-hv
paragraph-start states that:
This regexp should match lines that separate paragraphs and should also match lines that start a paragraph
The regular expression (3) should either match the end of a any line, if no white spaces were found, or a string of spaces at the end of each line.
- Does (3) match "lines that separate paragraphs"? If yes, why? If not, what does it mean?
Regular expression (1) should only match a line beginning with
L\ as far as I can see.
- Does (1) match "lines that start a paragraph" If yes, why? If not, what does it mean?
I probably messed up somewhere by misunderstanding either the documentation or the regex. However, a small explanation where I went wrong would be greatly appreciated.
As a reference for the regex matching i used the online emacs documentation.