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Re: Type Ahead Find

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Type Ahead Find
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 06:19:50 +0900

On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 14:29:29 +0200, Juri Linkov <address@hidden> wrote:
> There is the text under point only in my first example.  It would be
> very useful to display hidden text like when Info-hide-note-references
> hides the reference node names, so for example, when isearch reaches
> the reference `*Note Local Variables in Files: (emacs)File variables',
> it would display the hidden node name in square brackets:
> I-search: local variables [(emacs)File variables]

I disagree strongly -- I've been seeing this sort of usage in the
latest info-mode isearch, and I find it very confusing to see random
information put into square-brackets after the input, because that
area is used normally for error messages or very temporary feedback on
the user's input.  [The use in info-isearch that I'm complaining about
is " [initial node]" --- which BTW is also confusingly worded, it took
me a while to realize what that was trying to say...]

Maybe there should be an area for "interesting information", but it
shouldn't be the same area used for error messages.

Ideally it'd  be some area not so noticeable, e.g., at the far-right
edge of the mini-buffer; but since that would require new redisplay
hacking, how about just something like:

   I-search (in node File Variables): local variables

That's also more similar to other "informational messages" used by
search, e.g., "overwrapped" or whatever.

[It seems a good idea for space reasons to omit the info-file name;
AFAIK, isearch won't cross info file boundaries.]

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