This variable contains the default global keymap that maps Emacs keyboard input to commands. The global keymap is normally this keymap. The default global keymap is a full keymap that binds
self-insert-commandto all of the printing characters.
It is normal practice to change the bindings in the global keymap, but you should not assign this variable any value other than the keymap it starts out with.
This function returns the current global keymap. This is the same as the value of
global-mapunless you change one or the other. The return value is a reference, not a copy; if you use
define-keyor other functions on it you will alter global bindings.(current-global-map) ⇒ (keymap [set-mark-command beginning-of-line ... delete-backward-char])
This function returns the current buffer's local keymap, or
nilif it has none. In the following example, the keymap for the *scratch* buffer (using Lisp Interaction mode) is a sparse keymap in which the entry for <ESC>, ASCII code 27, is another sparse keymap.(current-local-map) ⇒ (keymap (10 . eval-print-last-sexp) (9 . lisp-indent-line) (127 . backward-delete-char-untabify) (27 keymap (24 . eval-defun) (17 . indent-sexp)))
current-local-map returns a reference to the local keymap, not
a copy of it; if you use
define-key or other functions on it
you will alter local bindings.
This function returns a list of the keymaps of currently enabled minor modes.
This function makes keymap the new current global keymap. It returns
It is very unusual to change the global keymap.
This function makes keymap the new local keymap of the current buffer. If keymap is
nil, then the buffer has no local keymap.
nil. Most major mode commands use this function.
(variable . keymap)
The keymap keymap is active whenever variable has a non-
nilvalue. Typically variable is the variable that enables or disables a minor mode. See Keymaps and Minor Modes.
Note that elements of
minor-mode-map-alistdo not have the same structure as elements of
minor-mode-alist. The map must be the cdr of the element; a list with the map as the second element will not do. The cdr can be either a keymap (a list) or a symbol whose function definition is a keymap.
When more than one minor mode keymap is active, the earlier one in
minor-mode-map-alisttakes priority. But you should design minor modes so that they don't interfere with each other. If you do this properly, the order will not matter.
This variable allows major modes to override the key bindings for particular minor modes. The elements of this alist look like the elements of
If a variable appears as an element of
minor-mode-overriding-map-alist, the map specified by that element totally replaces any map specified for the same variable in
minor-mode-overriding-map-alistis automatically buffer-local in all buffers.
nil, this variable holds a keymap to use instead of the buffer's local keymap, any text property or overlay keymaps, and any minor mode keymaps. This keymap, if specified, overrides all other maps that would have been active, except for the current global map.
nil, this variable holds a keymap to use instead of
overriding-local-map, the buffer's local keymap, text property or overlay keymaps, and all the minor mode keymaps.
This variable is always local to the current terminal and cannot be buffer-local. See Multiple Terminals. It is used to implement incremental search mode.
If this variable is non-
nil, the value of
overriding-terminal-local-mapcan affect the display of the menu bar. The default value is
nil, so those map variables have no effect on the menu bar.
Note that these two map variables do affect the execution of key sequences entered using the menu bar, even if they do not affect the menu bar display. So if a menu bar key sequence comes in, you should clear the variables before looking up and executing that key sequence. Modes that use the variables would typically do this anyway; normally they respond to events that they do not handle by “unreading” them and exiting.
This variable holds a keymap for special events. If an event type has a binding in this keymap, then it is special, and the binding for the event is run directly by
read-event. See Special Events.
This variable holds a list of keymap alists to use for emulations modes. It is intended for modes or packages using multiple minor-mode keymaps. Each element is a keymap alist which has the same format and meaning as
minor-mode-map-alist, or a symbol with a variable binding which is such an alist. The “active” keymaps in each alist are used before
This function adds keymap as a temporary keymap that takes precedence over most other keymaps. It does not take precedence over the “overriding” maps (see above); and unlike them, if no match for a key is found in keymap, the search continues.
Normally, keymap is used only once. If the optional argument pred is
t, the map stays active if a key from keymap is used. pred can also be a function of no arguments: if it returns non-
nilthen keymap stays active.
For a pseudo-Lisp description of exactly how and when this keymap applies, see Searching Keymaps.