Emacs: Select Text Between Quotes šŸš€

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Select Text between Quotes/Brackets

Select text inside quotes is one of the most frequently needed operation in programing languages code.

put this in your Emacs Init File:

(defvar xah-brackets '("ā€œā€" "()" "[]" "{}" "<>" "ļ¼œļ¼ž" "ļ¼ˆļ¼‰" "ļ¼»ļ¼½" "ļ½›ļ½" "ā¦…ā¦†" "怚怛" "ā¦ƒā¦„" "ā€¹ā€ŗ" "Ā«Ā»" "怌怍" "怈怉" "怊怋" "怐怑" "怔怕" "ā¦—ā¦˜" "怎怏" "怖怗" "怘怙" "ļ½¢ļ½£" "āŸ¦āŸ§" "āŸØāŸ©" "āŸŖāŸ«" "āŸ®āŸÆ" "āŸ¬āŸ­" "āŒˆāŒ‰" "āŒŠāŒ‹" "ā¦‡ā¦ˆ" "ā¦‰ā¦Š" "ā›āœ" "āāž" "āØā©" "āŖā«" "ā“āµ" "ā¬ā­" "ā®āÆ" "ā°ā±" "ā²ā³" "āŒ©āŒŖ" "ā¦‘ā¦’" "ā§¼ā§½" "ļ¹™ļ¹š" "ļ¹›ļ¹œ" "ļ¹ļ¹ž" "ā½ā¾" "ā‚ā‚Ž" "ā¦‹ā¦Œ" "ā¦ā¦Ž" "ā¦ā¦" "ā…ā†" "āø¢āø£" "āø¤āø„" "āŸ…āŸ†" "ā¦“ā¦”" "ā¦•ā¦–" "āø¦āø§" "āøØāø©" "ļ½Ÿļ½ ")
 "A list of strings, each element is a string of 2 chars, the left bracket and a matching right bracket.
Used by `xah-select-text-in-quote' and others.
Version 2023-07-31")

(defconst xah-left-brackets
  (mapcar (lambda (x) (substring x 0 1)) xah-brackets)
  "List of left bracket chars. Each element is a string.")

(defconst xah-right-brackets
  (mapcar (lambda (x) (substring x 1 2)) xah-brackets)
  "List of right bracket chars. Each element is a string.")

(defun xah-select-text-in-quote ()
  "Select text between the nearest left and right delimiters.
Delimiters here includes QUOTATION MARK, GRAVE ACCENT, and anything in `xah-brackets'.
This command ignores nesting. For example, if text is
the selected char is 怌c怍, not 怌a(b)c怍.

URL `http://xahlee.info/emacs/emacs/emacs_select_quote_text.html'
Version: 2020-11-24 2023-07-23 2023-11-14"
  (let ((xskipChars (concat "^\"`" (mapconcat #'identity xah-brackets ""))))
    (skip-chars-backward xskipChars)
    (push-mark (point) t t)
    (skip-chars-forward xskipChars)))

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