Semantic is a package that provides language-aware editing commands
source code parsers. This section provides a brief
description of Semantic; for full details,
see Semantic in Semantic.
Most of the language-aware features in Emacs, such as Font Lock mode (see Font Lock), rely on rules of thumb14 that usually give good results but are never completely exact. In contrast, the parsers used by Semantic have an exact understanding of programming language syntax. This allows Semantic to provide search, navigation, and completion commands that are powerful and precise.
To begin using Semantic, type M-x semantic-mode or click on the menu item named ‘Source Code Parsers (Semantic)’ in the ‘Tools’ menu. This enables Semantic mode, a global minor mode.
Prompt for the name of a function defined in the current file, and
move point there (
Prompt for the name of a function defined in any file Emacs has
parsed, and move point there (
Display a list of possible completions for the symbol at point
semantic-complete-analyze-inline). This also activates a set
of special key bindings for choosing a completion: RET
accepts the current completion, M-n and M-p cycle through
possible completions, TAB completes as far as possible and
then cycles, and C-g or any other key aborts completion.
Display a list of the possible completions of the symbol at point, in
another window (
In addition to the above commands, the Semantic package provides a variety of other ways to make use of parser information. For instance, you can use it to display a list of completions when Emacs is idle. See Semantic in Semantic, for details.
Regular expressions and syntax tables.