Chapter 10. Mode Definition Syntax

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Edit modes are defined using XML, the eXtensible Markup Language; mode files have the extension .xml. XML is a very simple language, and as a result edit modes are easy to create and modify. This section will start with a short XML primer, followed by detailed information about each supported tag and highlighting rule.

Editing a mode or a mode catalog file within jEdit will cause the changes to take effect immediately. If you edit modes using another application, the changes will take effect after the Utilities > Troubleshooting > Reload Edit Modes command is invoked.