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A simple subset of zencoding-mode.

It completes these types:

div        --> <div></div>
input      --> <input>
.article   --> <div class="article"></div>
#logo      --> <div id="logo"></div>
ul.items   --> <ul class="items"></ul>
h2#tagline --> <h2 id="tagline"></h2>

So why not just use zencoding-mode for a much richer set of features?

The original had a way of surprising me. Like when I just wanted to add a quick <code></code> tag inside some prose, and it garbled the entire sentence. That doesn't happen here, since this subset does not look past whitespace.

It also will not try to expand anything that is not a known html-tag, reducing the number of errors when I just want to indent the line. Yes, I have it on TAB.


I highly recommend installing simplezen through elpa.

It's available on marmalade and melpa:

M-x package-install simplezen

You can also install the dependencies on your own, and just dump simplezen in your path somewhere:


You can bind simplezen-expand to any button of your choosing.

(require 'simplezen)
(define-key html-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-z") 'simplezen-expand)

If you want it bound to tab you can do this:

(define-key html-mode-map (kbd "TAB") 'simplezen-expand-or-indent-for-tab)

Then it will still indent the line, except in cases where you're looking back at a valid simplezen-expression (see above).

To get it working with yasnippet aswell, I did this:

(defun --setup-simplezen ()
  (set (make-local-variable 'yas/fallback-behavior)
       '(apply simplezen-expand-or-indent-for-tab)))

(add-hook 'sgml-mode-hook '--setup-simplezen)

Which will give yasnippet first priority, then simplezen gets it chance, and if neither of those did anything it will indent the line.


Yes, please do. Just be aware that there is a much fuller feature set in zencoding-mode, and I don't want to take this package in that direction.

All changes must be accompanied by feature tests, or I might break it later. They are written in Ecukes, a Cucumber for Emacs.

You'll find the repo at:

To fetch the test dependencies, install carton if you haven't already, then:

$ cd /path/to/simplezen
$ carton

Run the tests with:

$ ./


Copyright (C) 2013 Magnar Sveen

Author: Magnar Sveen

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