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Re: new apropos feature in Emacs-22

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: new apropos feature in Emacs-22
Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2005 10:19:19 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 19:57:38 -0600 (CST)
>> From: Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden>
>> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
>> Are you sure that most newbies are accustomed to _your brand of_
>> keyword search: at least two alternatives in any order, with no way to
>> specify other requirements, _and_ with plenty of forbidden characters,
>> that are natural in an Emacs context, like `*', `.' `+'?
> Whether newbies are accustomed to this remains to be proven, but the
> characters ``natural in the Emacs context'' above come from an
> experienced user.
>> In the keyword searches that I am familiar with you can enclose the
>> keywords in quotation marks to force sequential in order occurrence.
> That's an advanced feature, you know.
>> I believe that after your change, newbies _still_ will have to learn
>> about regexps to accomplish what they are used to in search engines.
> Please explain why you think so.

We have string search and replace, and regexp search and replace.
Maybe regexp-apropos could be bound on C-h C-a .

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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