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Forms mode is an Emacs major mode for working with simple textual data bases in a forms-oriented manner. In Forms mode, the information in these files is presented in an Emacs window in a user-defined format, one record at a time. The user can view records or modify their contents.

Forms mode is not a simple major mode, but requires two files to do its job: a control file and a data file. The data file holds the actual data to be presented. The control file describes how to present it.

  • Forms Example An example: editing the password data base.
  • Entering and Exiting Forms Mode How to visit a file in Forms mode.
  • Forms Commands Special commands to use while in Forms mode.
  • Data File Format How to format the data file.
  • Control File Format How to control forms mode.
  • Format Description How to define the forms layout.
  • Modifying Forms Contents How to modify.
  • Miscellaneous Forms mode messages and other remarks.
  • Error Messages List of error messages forms mode can produce.
  • Long Example A more complex control file example.
  • Credits Thanks everyone.
  • Index Index to this manual.
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