This hook is used for automatically assigning faces to text in the buffer. It is part of the implementation of Jit-Lock mode, used by Font-Lock.
This variable holds a list of functions that are called by Emacs
redisplay as needed, just before doing redisplay. They are called even
when Font Lock Mode isn’t enabled. When Font Lock Mode is enabled, this
variable usually holds just one function,
The functions are called in the order listed, with one argument, a buffer position pos. Collectively they should attempt to assign faces to the text in the current buffer starting at pos.
The functions should record the faces they assign by setting the
face property. They should also add a non-
fontified property to all the text they have assigned faces to.
That property tells redisplay that faces have been assigned to that text
It is probably a good idea for the functions to do nothing if the
character after pos already has a non-
property, but this is not required. If one function overrides the
assignments made by a previous one, the properties after the last
function finishes are the ones that really matter.
For efficiency, we recommend writing these functions so that they usually assign faces to around 400 to 600 characters at each call.
Note that, when the buffer text includes very long lines, these
functions are called as if they were in a
(see Narrowing), with a
long-line-optimizations-in-fontification-functions label and
with the buffer narrowed to a portion around pos.