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T.11 Editing Formatted Text

Enriched mode is a minor mode for editing files that contain formatted text in WYSIWYG fashion, as in a word processor. Currently, formatted text in Enriched mode can specify fonts, colors, underlining, margins, and types of filling and justification. In the future, we plan to implement other formatting features as well.

Enriched mode is a minor mode (see section AD.1 Minor Modes). It is typically used in conjunction with Text mode (see section T.7 Text Mode), but you can also use it with other major modes such as Outline mode and Paragraph-Indent Text mode.

Potentially, Emacs can store formatted text files in various file formats. Currently, only one format is implemented: text/enriched format, which is defined by the MIME protocol. See section `Format Conversion' in the Emacs Lisp Reference Manual, for details of how Emacs recognizes and converts file formats.

The Emacs distribution contains a formatted text file that can serve as an example. Its name is `etc/enriched.doc'. It contains samples illustrating all the features described in this section. It also contains a list of ideas for future enhancements.

T.11.1 Requesting to Edit Formatted Text  Entering and exiting Enriched mode.
T.11.2 Hard and Soft Newlines  There are two different kinds of newlines.
T.11.3 Editing Format Information  How to edit text properties.
T.11.4 Faces in Formatted Text  Bold, italic, underline, etc.
T.11.5 Colors in Formatted Text  Changing the color of text.
T.11.6 Indentation in Formatted Text  Changing the left and right margins.
T.11.7 Justification in Formatted Text  Centering, setting text flush with the left or right margin, etc.
T.11.8 Setting Other Text Properties  The "special" text properties submenu.
T.11.9 Forcing Enriched Mode  How to force use of Enriched mode.

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