This document describes Supercite, an Emacs package for citing and attributing replies to mail and news messages.
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The manual is divided into the following chapters.
Supercite is a GNU Emacs package written entirely in Emacs Lisp. It interfaces to most of the commonly used Emacs mail user agents (MUAs) and news user agents (NUAs), and provides sophisticated facilities for the citing and attributing of message replies. Supercite has a very specific and limited role in the process of composing replies to both USENET network news and electronic mail.
The preferred way to spell Supercite is with a capital ‘S’, lowercase ‘upercite’.
|• Usage Overview:|
|• What Supercite Does Not Do:|
|• What Supercite Does:|
Supercite is only useful in conjunction with MUAs and NUAs such as VM, Gnus, RMAIL, MH-E, etc. Supercite is typically called by the MUA after a reply buffer has been setup. Thereafter, Supercite’s many commands and formatting styles are available in that reply buffer until the reply is sent. Supercite is re-initialized in each new reply buffer.
1.1 Usage Overview
Typical usage is as follows. You want to reply or followup to a message in your MUA. You will probably hit r (i.e., “reply”) or f (i.e., “forward”) to begin composing the reply. In response, the MUA will create a reply buffer and initialize the outgoing mail headers appropriately. The body of the reply will usually be empty at this point. You now decide that you would like to include part of the original message in your reply. To do this, you yank the original message into the reply buffer, typically with a key stroke such as C-c C-y. This sequence will invoke an MUA-specific function which fills the body of the reply with the original message and then attributes this text to its author. This is called citing and its effect is to prefix every line from the original message with a special text tag. Most MUAs provide some default style of citing; by using Supercite you gain a wider flexibility in the look and style of citations. Supercite’s only job is to cite the original message.
1.2 What Supercite Doesn’t Do
Because of this clear division of labor, there are useful features which are the sole responsibility of the MUA, even though it might seem that Supercite should provide them. For example, many people would like to be able to yank (and cite) only a portion of the original message. Since Supercite only modifies the text it finds in the reply buffer as set up by the MUA, it is the MUA’s responsibility to do partial yanking. See Reply Buffer Initialization.
Another potentially useful thing would be for Supercite to set up the
outgoing mail headers with information it gleans from the reply buffer.
But by previously agreed upon convention, any text above the
mail-header-separator which separates mail headers from message
bodies cannot be modified by Supercite. Supercite, in fact, doesn’t
know anything about the meaning of these headers, and never ventures
outside the designated region. See Hints to MUA Authors, for more
1.3 What Supercite Does
Supercite is invoked for the first time on a reply buffer via your MUA’s
reply or forward command. This command will actually perform citations
by calling a hook variable to which Supercite’s top-level function
sc-cite-original has been added. When
executed, the original message must be set up in a very specific way,
but this is handled automatically by the MUA. See Hints to MUA Authors.
The first thing Supercite does, via
sc-cite-original, is to parse
through the original message’s mail headers. It saves this data in an
information association list, or info alist. The information
in this list is used in a number of places throughout Supercite.
See Information Keys and the Info Alist.
After the mail header info is extracted, the headers are optionally removed (nuked) from the reply. Supercite then writes a reference header into the buffer. This reference header is a string carrying details about the citation it is about to perform.
Next, Supercite visits each line in the reply, transforming the line according to a customizable “script”. Lines which were not previously cited in the original message are given a citation, while already cited lines remain untouched, or are coerced to your preferred style. Finally, Supercite installs a keymap into the reply buffer so that you have access to Supercite’s post-yank formatting and reciting commands as you subsequently edit your reply. You can tell that Supercite has been installed into the reply buffer because that buffer’s modeline will display the minor mode string ‘SC’.
When the original message is cited by
sc-cite-original, it will
(optionally) be filled by Supercite. However, if you manually edit the
cited text and want to re-fill it, you must use an add-on package such
as filladapt or gin-mode. These packages can recognize
Supercited text and will fill them appropriately. Emacs’s built-in
filling routines, e.g.,
fill-paragraph, do not recognize cited
text and will not re-fill them properly because it cannot guess the
fill-prefix being used.
See Post-yank Formatting Commands, for details.
As mentioned above, Supercite provides commands to recite or uncite regions of text in the reply buffer, and commands to perform other beautifications on the cited original text, maintaining consistent and informative citations throughout. Supercite tries to be as configurable as possible to allow for a wide range of personalized citation styles, but it is also immediately useful with the default configuration, once it has been properly connected to your MUA. See Getting Connected, for more details.
A citation is the acknowledgment of the original author of a mail message in the body of the reply. There are two basic citation styles which Supercite supports. The first, called nested citations is an anonymous form of citation; in other words, an indication is made that the cited line was written by someone other that the current message author (i.e., other than you, the person composing the reply), but no reference is made as to the identity of the original author. This style should look familiar since its use on the net is widespread. Here’s an example of what a message buffer would look like using nested citations after multiple replies:
>> John originally wrote this >> and this as well > Jane said that John didn't know > what he was talking about And that's what I think too.
|• Citation Elements:|
|• Recognizing Citations:|
Note that multiple inclusions of the original messages result in a nesting of the ‘>’ characters. This can sometimes be quite confusing when many levels of citations are included since it may be difficult or impossible to figure out who actually participated in the thread, and multiple nesting of ‘>’ characters can sometimes make the message very difficult for the eye to scan.
In non-nested citations, each cited line begins with an informative string attributing that line to the original author. Only the first level of attribution will be shown; subsequent citations don’t nest the citation strings. The above dialog might look like this when non-nested citations are used:
John> John originally wrote this John> and this as well Jane> Jane said that John didn't know Jane> what he was talking about And that's what I think too.
Notice here that my inclusion of Jane’s inclusion of John’s original message did not result in a line cited with ‘Jane>John>’.
Supercite supports both styles of citation, and the variable
sc-nested-citation-p controls which style it will use when
citing previously uncited text. When this variable is
default), non-nested citations are used. When non-
citations are used.
2.1 Citation Elements
Citation strings are composed of one or more elements. Non-nested citations are composed of four elements, three of which are directly user definable. The elements are concatenated together, in this order:
- The citation leader. The citation leader is contained in the
sc-citation-leader, and has the default value of a string containing four spaces.
- The attribution string. This element is supplied automatically by Supercite, based on your preferences and the original message’s mail headers, though you may be asked to confirm Supercite’s choice. See Selecting an Attribution, for more details.
The citation delimiter. This string, contained in the variable
sc-citation-delimitervisually separates the citation from the text of the line. This variable has a default value of
">"and for best results, the string should consist of only a single character.
The citation separator. The citation separator is contained in
sc-citation-separator, and has the default value of a string containing a single space.
For example, suppose you were using the default values for the above
variables, and Supercite provided the attribution string ‘Jane’.
In this case, the composed, non-nested citation string used might be
" Jane> ".
This citation string will be inserted in front of
every line in the original message that is not already cited.
Nested citations, being simpler than non-nested citations, are composed of the same elements, sans the attribution string. Supercite is smart enough to not put additional spaces between citation delimiters for multi-level nested citations.
2.2 Recognizing Citations
Supercite also recognizes citations in the original article, and can transform these already cited lines in a number of ways. This is how Supercite suppresses the multiple citing of non-nested citations. Recognition of cited lines is controlled by variables analogous to those that make up the citation string as mentioned previously.
sc-citation-leader-regexp describes how citation
leaders can look, by default it matches any number of spaces or tabs.
Note that since the lisp function
looking-at is used to do the
matching, if you change this variable it need not start with a leading
Similarly, the variables
sc-citation-separator-regexp respectively describe how citation
delimiters and separators can look. They follow the same rule as
When Supercite composes a citation string, it provides the attribution
automatically. The analogous variable which handles recognition of the
attribution part of citation strings is
This variable describes the attribution root for both nested and
non-nested citations. By default it can match zero-to-many alphanumeric
characters (also “.”, “-”, and “_”). But in some situations,
Supercite has to determine whether it is looking at a nested or
non-nested citation. Thus the variable
sc-citation-nonnested-root-regexp is used to describe only
non-nested citation roots. It is important to remember that if you
sc-citation-root-regexp you should always also change
3 Information Keys and the Info Alist
Mail header information keys are nuggets of information that
Supercite extracts from the various mail headers of the original
message, placed in the reply buffer by the MUA. Information is kept
in the Info Alist as key-value pairs, and can be retrieved for
use in various places within Supercite, such as in header rewrite
functions and attribution selection. Other bits of data, composed and
created by Supercite, are also kept as key-value pairs in this alist.
In the case of mail fields, the key is the name of the field, omitting
the trailing colon. Info keys are always case insensitive (as are
mail headers), and the value for a corresponding key can be retrieved
from the alist with the
sc-mail-field function. Thus, if the
following fields were present in the original article:
Date: 08 April 1991, 17:32:09 EST Subject: Better get out your asbestos suit
then, the following lisp constructs return:
(sc-mail-field "date") ==> "08 April 1991, 17:32:09 EST" (sc-mail-field "subject") ==> "Better get out your asbestos suit"
Since the argument to
sc-mail-field can be any string, it is
possible that the mail field will not be present on the info alist
(possibly because the mail header was not present in the original
message). In this case,
sc-mail-field will return the value of
Supercite always places all mail fields found in the yanked original article into the info alist. If possible, Supercite will also places the following keys into the info alist:
the selected attribution string.
the non-nested citation string.
email address extracted from the ‘From:’ field.
email address extracted from the ‘Reply-To:’ field.
email address extracted from the ‘Sender:’ field.
email terminus extracted from the ‘From:’ field.
the author’s initials.
the author’s full name.
the author’s first name.
the author’s last name.
the author’s first middle name.
If the author’s name has more than one middle name, they will appear as
info keys with the appropriate index (e.g.,
…). See Selecting an Attribution.
4 Reference Headers
Supercite will insert an informative reference header at the beginning of the cited body of text, which display more detail about the original article and provides the mapping between the attribution and the original author in non-nested citations. Whereas the citation string usually only contains a portion of the original author’s name, the reference header can contain such information as the author’s full name, email address, the original article’s subject, etc. In fact any information contained in the info alist can be inserted into a reference header.
|• The Built-in Header Rewrite Functions:|
|• Electric References:|
There are a number of built-in header rewrite functions supplied
by Supercite, but you can write your own custom header rewrite
functions (perhaps using the built-in ones as examples). The variable
sc-rewrite-header-list contains the list of such header rewrite
functions. This list is consulted both when inserting the initial
reference header, and when displaying electric references.
See Electric References.
When Supercite is initially run on a reply buffer (via
sc-cite-original), it will automatically call one of these
functions. The one it uses is defined in the variable
sc-preferred-header-style. The value of this variable is an
integer which is an index into the
beginning at zero.
4.1 The Built-in Header Rewrite Functions
Below are examples of the various built-in header rewrite functions.
Please note the following: first, the text which appears in the
examples below as infokey indicates that the corresponding value
of the info key from the info alist will be inserted there.
(see Information Keys and the Info Alist). For example, in
below, date and from correspond to the values of the
‘Date:’ and ‘From:’ mail headers respectively.
Also, the string
">>>>>" below is really the value of the
sc-reference-tag-string. This variable is used in all
built-in header rewrite functions, and you can customize its value to
change the tag string globally.
Finally, the references headers actually written may omit certain parts of the header if the info key associated with infokey is not present in the info alist. In fact, for all built-in headers, if the ‘From:’ field is not present in the mail headers, the entire reference header will be omitted (but this usually signals a serious problem either in your MUA or in Supercite’s installation).
This function produces no header. It should be used instead of
nilto produce a blank header. This header can possibly contain a blank line after the
This function is similar to
sc-no-headerexcept that any blank line after the
mail-header-separatorline will be removed.
>>>>> On date, from said:
>>>>> In article message-id, from writes:
>>>>> Regarding subject; from adds:
>>>>> "sc-attribution" == sc-author <sc-reply-address> writes:
>>>>> sc-author writes:
>>>>> On date,
>>>>> from the organization of organization
>>>>> who can be reached at: sc-reply-address
>>>>> (whose comments are cited below with: "sc-cite")
>>>>> had this to say in article message-id
>>>>> in newsgroups newsgroups
>>>>> concerning the subject of subject
>>>>> see references for more details
4.2 Electric References
By default, when Supercite cites the original message for the first
time, it just goes ahead and inserts the reference header indexed by
sc-preferred-header-style. However, you may want to select
different reference headers based on the type of reply or forwarding
you are doing. You may also want to preview the reference header
before deciding whether to insert it into the reply buffer or
not. Supercite provides an optional electric reference mode
which you can drop into to give you this functionality.
If the variable
sc-electric-references-p is non-
Supercite will bring up an electric reference mode buffer and place you
into a recursive edit. The electric reference buffer is read-only, so
you cannot directly modify the reference text until you exit electric
references and insert the text into the reply buffer. But you can cycle
through all the reference header rewrite functions in your
You can also set a new preferred header style, jump to any header, or jump to the preferred header. The header will be shown in the electric reference buffer and the header index and function name will appear in the echo area.
The following commands are available while in electric reference mode (shown here with their default key bindings):
Displays the next reference header in the electric reference buffer. If the variable
sc-eref-nextwhile viewing the last reference header in the list will wrap around to the first header.
Displays the previous reference header in the electric reference buffer. If the variable
sc-eref-prevwill wrap around to the last header.
Goes to a specified reference header. The index (into the
sc-rewrite-header-list) can be specified as a numeric argument to the command. Otherwise, Supercite will query you for the index in the minibuffer.
Display the preferred reference header, i.e., the one indexed by the current value of
Set the preferred reference header (i.e.,
sc-preferred-header-style) to the currently displayed header.
sc-eref-exit(C-j, RET, and ESC C-c)
Exit from electric reference mode and insert the current header into the reply buffer.
Exit from electric reference mode without inserting the current header.
Supercite will execute the hook
entering electric reference mode.
5 Getting Connected
In most cases, all that is necessary to begin using Supercite is to add the following to ~.emacs:
(add-hook 'mail-citation-hook 'sc-cite-original)
For more details of the process, read on…
Hitting C-c C-y in your MUA’s reply buffer yanks and cites the
original message into the reply buffer. In reality, the citation of the
original message is performed via a call through a configurable hook
variable. The name of this variable has been agreed to in advance as
part of the citation interface specification. By default this
hook variable has a
nil value, which the MUA recognizes to mean,
“use your default citation function.” When you add Supercite’s
citation function to the hook, thereby giving the variable a
nil value, it tells the MUA to run the hook via
run-hooks instead of using the default citation.
Early in Supercite’s development, the Supercite author, a few MUA authors, and some early Supercite users got together and agreed upon a standard interface between MUAs and citation packages (of which Supercite is currently the only known add-on :-). Supercite can probably be used with most Emacs MUAs, with a greater or lesser degree of effort.
To learn exactly how to connect Supercite to the software systems you are using, read the appropriate following sections. For details on the interface specifications, or if you are writing or maintaining an MUA, see Hints to MUA Authors.
The first thing that everyone should do, regardless of the MUA you are using is to set up Emacs so it will load Supercite at the appropriate time. This happens automatically if Supercite is distributed with your Emacs version. If not, you can set up an autoload for Supercite.
To do the latter, put the following in your .emacs file:
(autoload 'sc-cite-original "supercite" nil t)
sc-cite-original is the top-level Supercite function
designed to be run from the citation hook. It expects
‘point’ and ‘mark’ to be set around the region to cite, and it
expects the original article’s mail headers to be present within this
region. Note that Supercite never touches any text outside this
region. Note further that the region need not be active
sc-cite-original to do its job.
See Hints to MUA Authors.
The other step in the getting connected process is to make sure your
sc-cite-original at the right time. As mentioned
above, some MUAs handle this differently. Read the sections that follow
pertaining to the MUAs you are using.
6 Replying and Yanking
This chapter explains what happens when you reply and yank an original message from an MUA.
|• Reply Buffer Initialization:|
|• Filling Cited Text:|
6.1 Reply Buffer Initialization
sc-cite-original performs the following steps as it
initializes the reply buffer:
sc-pre-hook. This hook variable is run before
sc-cite-originaldoes any other work. You could conceivably use this hook to set certain Supercite variables based on the reply buffer’s mode or name (i.e., to do something different based on whether you are replying or following up to an article).
- Inserts Supercite’s keymap.
Supercite provides a number of commands for performing post-yank
modifications to the reply buffer. These commands are installed on
Supercite’s top-level keymap. Since Supercite has to interface with a
wide variety of MUAs, it does not install all of its commands directly
into the reply buffer’s keymap. Instead, it puts its commands on a
keymap prefix, then installs this prefix onto the buffer’s keymap. What
this means is that you typically have to type more characters to invoke
a Supercite command, but Supercite’s key bindings can be made much more
consistent across MUAs.
You can control what key Supercite uses as its keymap prefix by changing the variable
sc-mode-map-prefix. By default, this variable is set to
C-c C-p; a finger twister perhaps, but unfortunately the best default due to the scarcity of available key bindings in many MUAs.
- Turns on Supercite minor mode. The modeline of the reply buffer should indicate that Supercite is active in that buffer by displaying the string ‘SC’.
- Sets the “Undo Boundary.” Supercite sets an undo boundary before it begins to modify the original yanked text. This allows you to easily undo Supercite’s changes to affect alternative citing styles.
- Processes the mail headers.
All previously retrieved info key-value pairs are deleted from the info
alist, then the mail headers in the body of the yanked message are
scanned. Info key-value pairs are created for each header found. Also,
such useful information as the author’s name and email address are
extracted. If the variable
nil, then Supercite will warn you if it finds a mail header that does not conform to RFC 822 (or later). This is rare and indicates a problem either with your MUA or the original author’s MUA, or some MTA (mail transport agent) along the way.
Once the info keys have been extracted from the mail headers, the headers are nuked from the reply buffer. You can control exactly which headers are removed or kept, but by default, all headers are removed.
There are two variables which control mail header nuking. The variable
sc-nuke-mail-headerscontrols the overall behavior of the header nuking routines. By setting this variable to
'all, you automatically nuke all mail headers. Likewise, setting this variable to
'noneinhibits nuking of any mail headers. In between these extremes, you can tell Supercite to nuke only a specified list of mail headers by setting this variable to
'specified, or to keep only a specified list of headers by setting it to
sc-nuke-mail-headersis set to
'keep, then the variable
sc-nuke-mail-header-listis consulted for the list of headers to nuke or keep. This variable contains a list of regular expressions. If the mail header line matches a regular expression in this list, the header will be nuked or kept. The line is matched against the regexp using
looking-atrooted at the beginning of the line.
If the variable
nil, it contains the number of blank lines remaining in the buffer after mail headers are nuked. By default, only one blank line is left in the buffer.
- Selects the attribution and citation strings. Once the mail headers have been processed, Supercite selects a attribution string and a citation string which it will use to cite the original message. See Selecting an Attribution, for details.
- Cites the message body.
After the selection of the attribution and citation strings, Supercite
cites the original message by inserting the citation string prefix in
front of every uncited line. You may not want Supercite to
automatically cite very long messages however. For example, some email
could contain a smaller header section followed by a huge uuencoded
message. It wouldn’t make sense to cite the uuencoded message part when
responding to the original author’s short preface. For this reason,
Supercite provides a variable which limits the automatic citation of
long messages to a certain maximum number of lines. The variable is
sc-cite-region-limit. If this variable contains an integer, messages with more lines that this will not be cited at all, and a warning message will be displayed. Supercite has performed everything necessary, though, for you to manually cite only the small portion of the original message that you want to use.
sc-cite-region-limitcontains a non-
nilvalue, the original message will always be cited, regardless of its size. If the variable contains the value
nil, the region will never be cited automatically. Use this if you always want to be able to edit and cite the message manually.
sc-cite-blank-lines-pcontrols whether blank lines in the original message should be cited or not. If this variable is non-
nil, blank lines will be cited just like non-blank lines. Otherwise, blank lines will be treated as paragraph separators.
Citing of the original message is highly configurable. Supercite’s default setup does a pretty good job of citing many common forms of previously cited messages. But there are as many citation styles out there as people on the net, or just about! It would be impossible for Supercite to anticipate every style in existence, and you probably wouldn’t encounter them all anyway. But you can configure Supercite to recognize those styles you see often. See Configuring the Citation Engine, for details.
sc-post-hook. This variable is very similar to
sc-pre-hook, except that it runs after
sc-cite-originalis finished. This hook is provided mostly for completeness and backward compatibility. Perhaps it could be used to reset certain variables set in
6.2 Filling Cited Text
Supercite will automatically fill newly cited text from the original
message unless the variable
sc-auto-fill-region-p has a
nil value. Supercite will also re-fill paragraphs when you
manually cite or re-cite text.
However, during normal editing, Supercite itself cannot be used to fill
paragraphs. This is a change from version 2. There are other add-on
lisp packages which do filling much better than Supercite ever did. The
two best known are filladapt and gin-mode. Both work well
with Supercite and both are available at the normal Emacs Lisp archive
sites. gin-mode works pretty well out of the box, but if you use
filladapt, you may want to run the function
sc-setup-filladapt after loading supercite
with-eval-after-load). This simply
makes filladapt a little more Supercite savvy than its default
Also, Supercite will collapse leading whitespace between the citation
string and the text on a line when the variable
sc-fixup-whitespace-p is non-
nil. The default value for
this variable is
Its important to understand that Supercite’s automatic filling (during
the initial citation of the reply) is very fragile. That is because
figuring out the
fill-prefix for a particular paragraph is a
really hard thing to do automatically. This is especially the case when
the original message contains code or some other text where leading
whitespace is important to preserve. For this reason, many Supercite
users typically run with
sc-auto-fill-region-p (and possibly also
sc-fixup-whitespace-p) set to
nil. They then manually
fill each cited paragraph in the reply buffer.
I usually run with both these variables containing their default values. When Supercite’s automatic filling breaks on a particular message, I will use Emacs’s undo feature to undo back before the citation was applied to the original message. Then I’ll toggle the variables and manually cite those paragraphs that I don’t want to fill or collapse whitespace on. See Variable Toggling Shortcuts.
If you find that Supercite’s automatic filling is just too fragile for
your tastes, you might consider one of these alternate approaches.
Also, to make life easier, a shortcut function to toggle the state of
both of these variables is provided on the key binding
C-c C-p C-p (with the default value of
see Post-yank Formatting Commands).
You will noticed that the minor mode string will
show the state of these variables as qualifier characters. When both
nil, the Supercite minor mode string will display
‘SC’. When just
sc-auto-fill-region-p is non-
string will display ‘SC:f’, and when just
sc-fixup-whitespace-p is non-
nil, the string will display
‘SC:w’. When both variables are non-
nil, the string will
display ‘SC:fw’. Note that the qualifiers chosen are mnemonics for
the default bindings of the toggling function for each respective
See Variable Toggling Shortcuts.
Why are these variables not set to
nil by default? It is because
many users won’t manually fill paragraphs that are Supercited, and there
have been widespread complaints on the net about mail and news messages
containing lines greater than about 72 characters. So the default is to
fill cited text.
7 Selecting an Attribution
As you know, the attribution string is the part of the author’s name that will be used to composed a non-nested citation string. Supercite scans the various mail headers present in the original article and uses a number of heuristics to extract strings which it puts into the attribution association list or attribution alist. This is analogous, but different from, the info alist previously mentioned. Each element in the attribution alist is a key-value pair containing such information as the author’s first name, middle names, and last name, the author’s initials, and the author’s email terminus.
|• Attribution Preferences:|
|• Anonymous Attributions:|
|• Author Names:|
7.1 Attribution Preferences
When you cite an original message, you can tell Supercite which part of
the author’s name you would prefer it to use as the attribution. The
sc-preferred-attribution-list controls this; it contains
keys which are matched against the attribution alist in the given order.
The first value of a key that produces a non-
string match is used as the attribution string, and if no keys match, a
secondary mechanism is used to generate the attribution.
See Anonymous Attributions.
The following preferences are always available in the attribution alist (barring error):
the author’s email terminus.
the author’s initials.
the author’s first name.
the author’s last name.
the author’s first middle name.
the last attribution string you have selected. This is useful when you recite paragraphs in the reply.
consults the customizable list
sc-attrib-selection-listwhich can be used to select special attributions based on the value of any info key. See below for details.
the original author’s suggestion for attribution string choice. See below for details.
Middle name indexes can be any positive integer greater than zero, though it is unlikely that many authors will have more than one middle name, if that many.
At this point, let me digress into a discussion of etiquette. It is my belief that while the style of the citations is a reflection of the personal tastes of the replier (i.e., you), the attribution selection is ultimately the personal choice of the original author. In a sense it is his or her “net nickname”, and therefore the author should have some say in the selection of attribution string. Imagine how you would feel if someone gave you a nickname that you didn’t like?
For this reason, Supercite recognizes a special mail header,
‘X-Attribution:’, which if present, tells Supercite the attribution
string preferred by the original author. It is the value of this header
that is associated with the
"x-attribution" key in the
attribution alist. Currently, you can override the preference of this
key by changing
sc-preferred-attribution-list, but that isn’t
polite, and in the future Supercite may hard-code this. For now, it is
suggested that if you change the order of the keys in this list, that
"x-attribution" always be first, or possible second behind only
"sc-lastchoice". This latter is the default.
has a special meaning during attribution selection. When Supercite
encounters this preference, it begins processing a customizable list of
attributions, contained in the variable
Each element in this list contains lists of the following form:
(infokey ((regexp . attribution) (regexp . attribution) (…)))
where infokey is a key for
sc-mail-field and regexp
is a regular expression to match against the infokey’s value. If
regexp matches the infokey’s value, the attribution is
used as the attribution string. Actually, attribution can be a
string or a list; if it is a list, it is
evaluated and the return
value (which must be a string), is used as the attribution.
This can be very useful for when you are replying to net acquaintances who do not use the ‘X-Attribution:’ mail header. You may know what nickname they would prefer to use, and you can set up this list to match against a specific mail field, e.g., ‘From:’, allowing you to cite your friend’s message with the appropriate attribution.
7.2 Anonymous Attributions
When the author’s name cannot be found in the ‘From:’ mail
header, a fallback author name and attribution string must be supplied.
The fallback author name is contained in the variable
sc-default-author-name and the fallback attribution string is
contained in the variable
sc-default-attribution. Default values
for these variables are
respectively. Note that in most circumstances, getting the default
author name or attribution is a sign that something is set up
Also, if the preferred attribution, which you specified in your
sc-preferred-attribution-list variable cannot be found, a
secondary method can be employed to find a valid attribution string. The
sc-use-only-preference-p controls what happens in this
case. If the variable’s value is non-
used, otherwise, the following steps are taken to find a valid
attribution string, and the first step to return a non-
non-empty string becomes the attribution:
- Use the last selected attribution, if there is one.
- Use the value of the
- Use the author’s first name.
- Use the author’s last name.
- Use the author’s initials.
- Find the first non-
nil, non-empty attribution string in the attribution alist.
Once the attribution string has been automatically selected, a number of
things can happen. If the variable
nil, you are queried for confirmation of the chosen
attribution string. The possible values for completion are those strings
in the attribution alist, however you are not limited to these choices.
You can type any arbitrary string at the confirmation prompt. The string
you enter becomes the value associated with the
key in the attribution alist.
Once an attribution string has been selected, Supercite will force the
string to lower case if the variable
Two hook variables provide even greater control of the attribution
selection process. The hook
sc-attribs-preselect-hook is run
before any attribution is selected. Likewise, the hook
sc-attribs-postselect-hook is run after the attribution is
selected (and the corresponding citation string is built), but before
these values are committed for use by Supercite. During the
post-selection hook, the local variables
citation are bound to the appropriate strings. By changing these
variables in your hook functions, you change the attribution and
citation strings used by Supercite. One possible use of this would be
to override any automatically derived attribution string when it is only
one character long; e.g., you prefer to use
"initials" but the
author only has one name.
7.3 Author Names
Supercite employs a number of heuristics to decipher the author’s name based on value of the ‘From:’ mail field of the original message. Supercite can recognize almost all of the common ‘From:’ field formats in use. If you encounter a ‘From:’ field that Supercite cannot parse, please report this bug using M-x report-emacs-bug.
There are a number of Supercite variables that control how author names are extracted from the ‘From:’ header. Some headers may contain a descriptive title as in:
From: computer!speedy!doe (John Xavier-Doe -- Decent Hacker)
Supercite knows which part of the ‘From:’ header is email address
and which part is author name, but in this case the string
Hacker" is not part of the author’s name. You can tell Supercite to
ignore the title, while still recognizing hyphenated names through the
use of a regular expression in the variable
This variable has the default value of
"\\\\s +-+\\\\s +". Any
text after this regexp is encountered is ignored as noise.
Some ‘From:’ headers may contain extra titles in the name fields
not separated by a title cue, but which are nonetheless not part of the
author’s name proper. Examples include the titles “Dr.”, “Mr.”,
“Ms.”, “Jr.”, “Sr.”, and “III” (e.g., Thurston Howe, the Third).
Also, some companies prepend or append the name of the division,
organization, or project on the author’s name. All of these titles are
noise which should be ignored. The variable
is used for this purpose. As implied by its name, this variable is an
association list, where each element is a cons cell of the form:
(regexp . position)
where regexp is a regular expression that is matched (using
string-match) against each element of the ‘From:’ field’s
author name. position is a position indicator, starting at zero.
Thus to strip out all titles of “Dr.”, “Mr.”, etc. from the name,
sc-name-filter-alist would have an entry such as:
("^\\(Mr\\|Mrs\\|Ms\\|Dr\\)[.]?$" . 0)
which only removes them if they appear as the first word in the name.
The position indicator is an integer, or one of the two special symbols
last always matches against the last
word in the name field, while
any matches against every word in
the name field.
8 Configuring the Citation Engine
At the heart of Supercite is a regular expression interpreting engine
called Regi. Regi operates by interpreting a data structure
called a Regi-frame (or just frame), which is a list of
Regi-entries (or just entry). Each entry contains a predicate,
typically a regular expression, which is matched against a line of text
in the current buffer. If the predicate matches true, an associated
evaluated. In this way, an entire region of text
can be transformed in an awk-like manner. Regi is used
throughout Supercite, from mail header information extraction, to header
nuking, to citing text.
|• Using Regi:|
|• Frames You Can Customize:|
While the details of Regi are discussed below (see Using Regi), only those who wish to customize certain aspects of Supercite need concern themselves with it. It is important to understand though, that any conceivable citation style that can be described by a regular expression can be recognized by Supercite. This leads to some interesting applications. For example, if you regularly receive email from a co-worker that uses an uncommon citation style (say one that employs a ‘|’ or ‘}’ character at the front of the line), it is possible for Supercite to recognize this and coerce the citation to your preferred style, for consistency. In theory, it is possible for Supercite to recognize such things as uuencoded messages or C code and cite or fill those differently from normal text. None of this is currently part of Supercite, but contributions are welcome!
8.1 Using Regi
Regi works by interpreting frames with the function
regi-interpret. A frame is a list of arbitrary size where each
element is an entry of the following form:
(pred func [negate-p [case-fold-search]])
Regi starts with the first entry in a frame, evaluating the pred
of that entry against the beginning of the line that ‘point’ is on.
If the pred evaluates to true (or false if the optional
negate-p is non-
nil), then the func for that entry is
evaluated. How processing continues is determined by the return
value for func, and is described below. If pred was false
the next entry in the frame is checked until all entries have been
matched against the current line. If no entry matches, ‘point’ is
moved forward one line and the frame is reset to the first entry.
pred can be a string, a variable, a list or one of the following
pred is a string, or a variable or list that
evaluates to a
string, it is interpreted as a regular expression. This regexp is
matched against the current line, from the beginning, using
looking-at. This match folds case if the optional
case-fold-search is non-
nil. If pred is not a
string, or does not
evaluate to a string, it is interpreted as a
binary value (
nil or non-
The four special symbol values for pred are recognized:
Always produces a true outcome.
Always executed before the frame is interpreted. This can be used to initialize some global variables for example.
Always executed after frame interpreting is completed. This can be used to perform any necessary post-processing.
Executes whenever the frame is reset, usually after the entire frame has been matched against the current line.
Note that negate-p and case-fold-search are ignored if pred is one of these special symbols. Only the first occurrence of each symbol in a frame is used; any duplicates are ignored. Also note that for performance reasons, the entries associated with these symbols are removed from the frame during the main interpreting loop.
Your func can return certain values which control continued Regi
processing. By default, if your func returns
nil (as it
should be careful to do explicitly), Regi will reset the frame to the
first entry, and advance ‘point’ to the beginning of the next line.
If a list is returned from your function, it can contain any combination
of the following elements:
- the symbol
This tells Regi to continue processing entries after a match, instead of resetting the frame and moving ‘point’. In this way, lines of text can have multiple matches, but you have to be careful to avoid entering infinite loops.
- the symbol
This tells Regi to terminate frame processing. However, any
endentry is still processed.
- the list
(frame . newframe)
This tells Regi to substitute newframe as the frame it is interpreting. In other words, your func can modify the Regi frame on the fly. newframe can be a variable containing a frame, or it can be the frame in-lined.
- the list
(step . step)
Tells Regi to move step number of lines forward as it continues processing. By default, Regi moves forward one line. step can be zero or negative of course, but watch out for infinite loops.
During execution of your func, the following variables will be temporarily bound to some useful information:
The current line in the buffer that Regi is
looking-at, as a string.
The current frame being interpreted.
The current frame entry being interpreted.
8.2 Frames You Can Customize
As mentioned earlier, Supercite uses various frames to perform
certain jobs such as mail header information extraction and mail header
nuking. However, these frames are not available for you to customize,
except through abstract interfaces such as
However, the citation frames Supercite uses provide a lot of customizing
power and are thus available to you to change to suit your needs. The
workhorse of citation is the frame contained in the variable
sc-default-cite-frame. This frame recognizes many situations,
such as blank lines, which it interprets as paragraph separators. It
also recognizes previously cited nested and non-nested citations in the
original message. By default it will coerce non-nested citations into
your preferred citation style, and it will add a level of citation to
nested citations. It will also simply cite uncited lines in your
In a similar vein, there are default frames for unciting and
reciting, contained in the variables
As mentioned earlier (see Recognizing Citations), citations are
recognized through the values of the regular expressions
sc-citation-root-regexp, et al. To recognize odd styles, you
could modify these variables, or you could modify the default citing
frame. Alternatively, you could set up association lists of frames for
recognizing specific alternative forms.
For each of the actions—citing, unciting, and reciting—an alist is
consulted to find the frame to use (
respectively). These frames can contain alists of the form:
((infokey (regexp . frame) (regexp . frame) …) (infokey (regexp . frame) (regexp . frame) …) (…))
Where infokey is a key suitable for
regexp is a regular expression which is
against the value of the
sc-mail-field key, and frame is
the frame to use if a match occurred. frame can be a variable
containing a frame or a frame in-lined.
When Supercite is about to cite, uncite, or recite a region, it consults the appropriate alist and attempts to find a frame to use. If one is not found from the alist, then the appropriate default frame is used.
9 Post-yank Formatting Commands
Once the original message has been yanked into the reply buffer, and
sc-cite-original has had a chance to do its thing, a number of
useful Supercite commands will be available to you. Since there is wide
variety in the keymaps that MUAs set up in their reply buffers, it is
next to impossible for Supercite to properly sprinkle its commands into
the existing keymap. For this reason Supercite places its commands on a
separate keymap, putting this keymap onto a prefix key in the reply
buffer. You can customize the prefix key Supercite uses by changing the
sc-mode-map-prefix. By default, the
sc-mode-map-prefix is C-c C-p; granted, not a great choice,
but unfortunately the best general solution so far. In the rest of this
chapter, we’ll assume you’ve installed Supercite’s keymap on the default
|• Citing Commands:|
|• Insertion Commands:|
|• Variable Toggling Shortcuts:|
|• Mail Field Commands:|
|• Miscellaneous Commands:|
9.1 Commands to Manually Cite, Recite, and Uncite
Probably the three most common post-yank formatting operations that you
will perform will be the manual citing, reciting, and unciting of
regions of text in the reply buffer. Often you may want to recite a
paragraph to use a nickname, or manually cite a message when setting
nil. The following commands
perform these functions on the region of text between ‘point’ and
‘mark’. Each of them sets the undo boundary before modifying
the region so that the command can be undone in the standard Emacs
Here is the list of Supercite citing commands:
sc-cite-region(C-c C-p c)
This command cites each line in the region of text by interpreting the selected frame from
sc-cite-frame-alist, or the default citing frame
sc-default-cite-frame. It runs the hook
sc-pre-cite-hookbefore interpreting the frame. With an optional universal argument (C-u), it temporarily sets
tso you can confirm the attribution string for a single manual citing. See Configuring the Citation Engine.
sc-uncite-region(C-c C-p u)
This command removes any citation strings from the beginning of each cited line in the region by interpreting the selected frame from
sc-uncite-frame-alist, or the default unciting frame
sc-default-uncite-frame. It runs the hook
sc-pre-uncite-hookbefore interpreting the frame. See Configuring the Citation Engine.
sc-recite-region(C-c C-p r)
This command recites each line the region by interpreting the selected frame from
sc-recite-frame-alist, or the default reciting frame
sc-default-recite-frame. It runs the hook
sc-pre-recite-hookbefore interpreting the frame. See Configuring the Citation Engine.
Supercite will always ask you to confirm the attribution when reciting a region, regardless of the value of
9.2 Insertion Commands
These two functions insert various strings into the reply buffer.
sc-insert-reference(C-c C-p w)
Inserts a reference header into the reply buffer at ‘point’. With no arguments, the header indexed by
sc-preferred-header-styleis inserted. An optional numeric argument is the index into
sc-rewrite-header-listindicating which reference header to write.
With just the universal argument (C-u), electric reference mode is entered, regardless of the value of
sc-insert-citation(C-c C-p i)
Inserts the current citation string at the beginning of the line that ‘point’ is on. If the line is already cited, Supercite will issue an error and will not cite the line.
9.3 Variable Toggling Shortcuts
Supercite defines a number of commands that make it easier for you to toggle and set various Supercite variables as you are editing the reply buffer. For example, you may want to turn off filling or whitespace cleanup, but only temporarily. These toggling shortcut commands make this easy to do.
Like Supercite commands in general, the toggling commands are placed on
a keymap prefix within the greater Supercite keymap. For the default
sc-mode-map-prefix, this will be
C-c C-p C-t.
The following commands toggle the value of certain Supercite variables which take only a binary value:
- C-c C-p C-t b
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t c
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t d
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t e
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t f
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t o
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t s
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t u
Toggles the variable
- C-c C-p C-t w
Toggles the variable
The following commands let you set the value of multi-value variables,
in the same way that Emacs’s
- C-c C-p C-t a
Sets the value of the variable
- C-c C-p C-t l
Sets the value of the variable
- C-c C-p C-t n
Sets the value of the variable
- C-c C-p C-t N
Sets the value of the variable
- C-c C-p C-t p
Sets the value of the variable
One special command is provided to toggle both
This is because you typically want to run Supercite with either variable
nil or non-
nil. The command to toggle these variables
together is bound on C-c C-p C-p.
Finally, the command C-c C-p C-t h (also C-c C-p C-t ?) brings up a Help message on the toggling keymap.
9.4 Mail Field Commands
These commands allow you to view, modify, add, and delete various bits of information from the info alist. See Information Keys and the Info Alist.
sc-mail-field-query(C-c C-p f)
Allows you to interactively view, modify, add, and delete info alist key-value pairs. With no argument, you are prompted (with completion) for an info key. The value associated with that key is displayed in the minibuffer. With an argument, this command will first ask if you want to view, modify, add, or delete an info key. Viewing is identical to running the command with no arguments.
If you want to modify the value of a key, Supercite will first prompt you (with completion) for the key of the value you want to change. It will then put you in the minibuffer with the key’s current value so you can edit the value as you wish. When you hit RET, the key’s value is changed. Minibuffer history is kept for the values.
If you choose to delete a key-value pair, Supercite will prompt you (with completion) for the key to delete.
If you choose to add a new key-value pair, Supercite firsts prompts you for the key to add. Note that completion is turned on for this prompt, but you can type any key name here, even one that does not yet exist. After entering the key, Supercite prompts you for the key’s value. It is not an error to enter a key that already exists, but the new value will override any old value. It will not replace it though; if you subsequently delete the key-value pair, the old value will reappear.
sc-mail-process-headers(C-c C-p g)
This command lets you re-initialize Supercite’s info alist from any set of mail headers in the region between ‘point’ and ‘mark’. This function is especially useful for replying to digest messages where Supercite will initially set up its information for the digest originator, but you want to cite each component article with the real message author. Note that unless an error during processing occurs, any old information is lost.
9.5 Miscellaneous Commands
sc-open-line(C-c C-p o)
Similar to Emacs’s standard
open-linecommands, but inserts the citation string in front of the new line. As with
open-line, an optional numeric argument inserts that many new lines.
10 Hints to MUA Authors
In June of 1989, some discussion was held between the various MUA authors, the Supercite author, and other Supercite users. These discussions centered around the need for a standard interface between MUAs and Supercite (or any future Supercite-like packages). This interface was formally proposed by Martin Neitzel on Fri, 23 Jun 89, in a mail message to the Supercite mailing list:
Martin> Each news/mail-reader should provide a form of Martin> mail-yank-original that Martin> 1: inserts the original message incl. header into the Martin> reply buffer; no indentation/prefixing is done, the header Martin> tends to be a "full blown" version rather than to be Martin> stripped down. Martin> 2: 'point' is at the start of the header, 'mark' at the Martin> end of the message body. Martin> 3: (run-hooks 'mail-yank-hooks) Martin> [Supercite] should be run as such a hook and merely Martin> rewrite the message. This way it isn't anymore Martin> [Supercite]'s job to gather the original from obscure Martin> sources. […]
This specification was adopted, but underwent a slight modification with
the release of Emacs 19. Instead of the variable
mail-yank-hooks, the hook variable that the MUA should provide is
mail-citation-hook. Richard Stallman suggests that the MUAs
nil and perform
some default citing when that is the case.
If you are writing a new MUA package, or maintaining an existing MUA package, you should make it conform to this interface so that your users will be able to link Supercite easily and seamlessly. To do this, when setting up a reply or forward buffer, your MUA should follow these steps:
- Insert the original message, including the mail headers into the reply
buffer. At this point you should not modify the raw text in any way
(except for any necessary decoding, e.g., of quoted-printable text), and
you should place all the original headers into the body of the reply.
This means that many of the mail headers will be duplicated, one copy
mail-header-separatorline and one copy below, however there will probably be more headers below this line.
- Set ‘point’ to the beginning of the line containing the first mail header in the body of the reply. Set ‘mark’ at the end of the message text. It is very important that the region be set around the text Supercite is to modify and that the mail headers are within this region. Supercite will not venture outside the region for any reason, and anything within the region is fair game, so don’t put anything that must remain unchanged inside the region.
- Run the hook
mail-citation-hook. You will probably want to provide some kind of default citation functions in cases where the user does not have Supercite installed. By default, your MUA should
nil, and in your yanking function, check its value. If it finds
nil, it should perform some default citing behavior. User who want to connect to Supercite then need only add
sc-cite-originalto this list of hooks using
If you do all this your MUA will join the ranks of those that conform to this interface “out of the box.”
11 Thanks and History
The Supercite package was derived from its predecessor Superyank 1.11 which was inspired by various bits of code and ideas from Martin Neitzel and Ashwin Ram. They were the folks who came up with the idea of non-nested citations and implemented some rough code to provide this style. Superyank and Supercite version 2 evolved to the point where much of the attribution selection mechanism was automatic, and features have been continuously added through the comments and suggestions of the Supercite mailing list participants.
With version 3, Supercite underwent an almost complete rewrite, benefiting in a number of ways, including vast improvements in the speed of performance, a big reduction in size of the code and in the use of Emacs resources, and a much cleaner and flexible internal architecture. Most of this work was internal and not of very great importance to the casual user. There were some changes at the user-visible level, but for the most part, the Supercite configuration variables from version 2 should still be relevant to version 3. Hopefully Supercite version 3 is faster, smaller, and much more flexible than its predecessors.
In the version 2 manual I thanked some specific people for their help in
developing Supercite 2. You folks know who you are and your continued
support is greatly appreciated. I wish to thank everyone on the
Supercite mailing list, especially the brave alpha testers, who helped
considerably in testing out the concepts and implementation of Supercite
version 3. Special thanks go out to the MUA and Emacs authors Kyle
Jones, Stephen Gildea, Richard Stallman, and Jamie Zawinski for coming
to a quick agreement on the new
mail-citation-hook interface, and
for adding the magic lisp to their code to support this.
All who have helped and contributed have been greatly appreciated.
Supercite was written by Barry Warsaw.
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