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Automatic Display of Matching Parentheses
The Emacs parenthesis-matching feature shows you automatically how
parentheses match in the text. Whenever a self-inserting character that
is a closing delimiter is typed, the cursor moves momentarily to the
location of the matching opening delimiter, provided that is visible on
the screen. If it is not on the screen, some text starting with that
opening delimiter is displayed in the echo area. Either way, you see
the grouping you are closing off.
In Lisp, automatic matching applies only to parentheses. In C, it
also applies to braces and brackets. Emacs knows which characters to
regard as matching delimiters based on the syntax table set by the major
mode. Note: Syntax.
If the opening delimiter and closing delimiter are mismatched--as in
`[x)'--the echo area displays a warning message. The correct matches
are specified in the syntax table.
Two variables control parenthesis matching displays.
`blink-matching-paren' turns the feature on or off. The default is `t'
(match display is on); `nil' turns it off.
`blink-matching-paren-distance' specifies how many characters back
Emacs searches to find a matching opening delimiter. If the match is
not found in the specified region, scanning stops, and nothing is
displayed. This prevents wasting lots of time scanning when there is no
match. The default is 4000.
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