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Re: Improved help from minibuffer prompts

From: Stefan Reichör
Subject: Re: Improved help from minibuffer prompts
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 12:39:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110002 (No Gnus v0.2) Emacs/21.3.50 (berkeley-unix)

Hi Kim!

> Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:
>> Here's an idea:  Use the normal binding for `describe-function' (`C-h f',
>> or `F1 f') and either have it directly pop up the help for the currently
>> executing command (i.e., don't prompt for a function name as usual), or
>> else prompt as usual, but set the default value for the prompt to the
>> function currently executing command (so that you'd typically use `C-h f
>> RET' to get help in the situation you describe).  Since users will probably
>> be used to `C-h f' to get function help in other contexts, it should be
>> easier to remember in the minibuffer too.
> That would be ok.
> Other possibilities are:
> C-h . => help at point
>          This could behave differently if point is in minibuffer, as
>          there is usually no specific help "at point" in there.
> C-h m => mode specific help (minibuffer specific help)
>          I often use this to get help specific to the current context,
>          so extending this to understand "minibuffer context" seems
>          logical to me.
> C-h C-h => maybe we don't need the "help menu" when operating on the
>          minibuffer

I am fine with all of these bindings.
My ranking would be:
C-h .
C-h f
C-h m
C-h C-h

What do others think?

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