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It's possible to override the syntax table for specific syntactic constructs by overriding the variable syntax-propertize-function. It should be bound to a function that set the syntax-table text property on the part of the buffer where the default syntax table should be overridden. One way to do this it to use the support function syntax-propertize-rules. ...


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Ideally you'd try fixing the highlighting in the mode itself. I am the maintainer of yaml-mode, if you have ideas how to do this without ending up writing a YAML parser, please let me know on its issue tracker. One possible workaround for programming languages with comment syntax is to put a comment starter on the affected line, then a string terminator ...


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In my "my-mode-font-lock" function, this is what I ended up using: ; This regexp matches "function someName(", and sets a font face to "someName" ("^[[:space:]]*?sub\\(?:[[:space:]]*\\)?\\([[:word:]]+\\)?\\(?:[^( \t\n]\\)?" (1 font-lock-function-name-face) ; This starts at the end of the previous regexp ; It matches everything up to "," or ")" - ...


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