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To use ISO accents mode to insert entities in your file, type C-c 8 to turn on SGML name entity mode, then M-x iso-accents-mode Enter to turn on that mode. In ISO accents mode, certain characters (including /, ~, ', ", `, and ^) are interpreted as prefixes to create accented characters. SGML name entity mode captures these keystrokes and automatically inserts the appropriate HTML entity. For example, typing 'a produces the HTML entity for á, á. For speci...

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Cover of Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition

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Set input method-> latin-1-prefix