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Re: Improved help from minibuffer prompts

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: Improved help from minibuffer prompts
Date: 15 Apr 2004 03:23:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Richard Stallman <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).
> Only experienced users will think of doing this.
> It is not adequate for the job, which is to help novices.
> It would not occur to a novice to type C-h f in the minibuffer
> to get help about the command that invoked it.

The problem with using just C-h or f1 is that it would block the
ability to use C-h b or C-h k in the minibuffer.  

I use that quite often to track down problems.

Maybe C-h C-h would be ok.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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