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The major mode used in the mail buffer is Mail mode, which is much like Text mode except that various special commands are provided on the C-c prefix. These commands all have to do specifically with editing or sending the message. In addition, Mail mode defines the character `%' as a word separator; this is helpful for using the word commands to edit mail addresses.
Mail mode is normally used in buffers set up automatically by the
Z.4.1 Mail Sending Commands to send the message. Z.4.2 Mail Header Editing Commands to move to header fields and edit them. Z.4.3 Citing Mail Copying all or part of a message you are replying to. Z.4.4 Mail Mode Miscellany Spell checking, signatures, etc.