The major modes for SGML and HTML provide indentation support and commands for operating on tags. HTML mode is a slightly customized variant of SGML mode.
sgml-tag). This command asks you for a tag name and for the attribute values, then inserts both the opening tag and the closing tag, leaving point between them.
With a prefix argument n, the command puts the tag around the
n words already present in the buffer after point. Whenever a
region is active, it puts the tag around the region (when Transient
Mark mode is off, it does this when a numeric argument of −1 is
sgml-skip-tag-forward). A numeric argument acts as a repeat count.
sgml-skip-tag-backward). A numeric argument acts as a repeat count.
sgml-delete-tag). If the tag at or after point is an opening tag, delete the closing tag too; if it is a closing tag, delete the opening tag too.
sgml-tag-help). If the argument tag is empty, describe the tag at point.
sgml-close-tag). If called within a tag or a comment, close it instead of inserting a close tag.
The major mode for editing XML documents is called nXML mode. This
is a powerful major mode that can recognize many existing XML schema
and use them to provide completion of XML elements via
M-<TAB>, as well as “on-the-fly” XML
validation with error highlighting. To enable nXML mode in an
existing buffer, type M-x nxml-mode, or, equivalently, M-x
xml-mode. Emacs uses nXML mode for files which have the extension
.xml. For XHTML files, which have the extension .xhtml,
Emacs uses HTML mode by default; you can make it use nXML mode by
customizing the variable
auto-mode-alist (see Choosing Modes).
nXML mode is described in an Info manual, which is distributed with
You may choose to use the less powerful SGML mode for editing XML,
since XML is a strict subset of SGML. To enable SGML mode in an
existing buffer, type M-x sgml-mode. On enabling SGML mode,
Emacs examines the buffer to determine whether it is XML; if so, it
sets the variable
sgml-xml-mode to a non-
This causes SGML mode's tag insertion commands, described above, to
always insert explicit closing tags as well.