Forms mode is an Emacs major mode for working with simple textual data bases in a forms-oriented manner. In Forms mode, the information in these files is presented in an Emacs window in a user-defined format, one record at a time. The user can view records or modify their contents.
Forms mode is not a simple major mode, but requires two files to do its job: a control file and a data file. The data file holds the actual data to be presented. The control file describes how to present it.
This file documents Forms mode, a form-editing major mode for GNU Emacs.
|Forms Example||An example: editing the password data base.|
|Entering and Exiting Forms Mode||How to visit a file in Forms mode.|
|Forms Commands||Special commands to use while in Forms mode.|
|Data File Format||How to format the data file.|
|Control File Format||How to control forms mode.|
|Format Description||How to define the forms layout.|
|Modifying Forms Contents||How to modify.|
|Miscellaneous||Forms mode messages and other remarks.|
|Error Messages||List of error messages forms mode can produce.|
|Long Example||A more complex control file example.|
|GNU Free Documentation License||The license for this documentation.|
|Index||Index to this manual.|
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