The documentation for
:norm[al][!] states that "mappings will not be used" when the
! is written.
Consider the following setup commands:
:nnoremap \c Chello<esc> :let @q = '\cIthis is a contrived example: ' . "\<esc>" :%norm! @q
<leader>c mapping be applied each time the
q macro is executed? Or are all user mappings disabled?