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Re: propose adding Icicles to Emacs

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: propose adding Icicles to Emacs
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 00:18:00 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> I find it _very_ helpful. What you say is true for only a few corner cases,
> in general. A WYSIWYG show/no-show option that could be toggled from the
> minibuffer during completion could easily deal with that.
> FWIW, with Icicles there is really no great problem, because you can easily
> get help on any candidate or just show its name in the minibuffer.

The command icicle-next-apropos-candidate-action <C-next> copies the face
name from the *Completions* window to the minibuffer with all its text
properties, so such faces as `border' are still unreadable in the
minibuffer.  A bug?

Also there is another bug (I can't believe it's by design): after typing
<C-next> the face description in the *Help* window goes out of sync with
the face name highlighted in the *Completions* window and displayed in the
minibuffer (e.g. when the current selected completion is `bold-italic',
the *Help* window displays the description of the previous face `bold').

> This is the same as what you see in Customize, and, yes, the text "sample"
> here would be blacked out because the face has a black background, by
> default.

This is the main difference: in Customize, the face name is displayed in
normal face, it's only the text "sample" that is displayed in the same
face it demontrates.  Have you tried to put faces only on part of face
names in the *Completions* window, or put them on the an additional
1-character overlay beside of every face name (that serves the same role
as the text "sample" but is much shorter)?

Juri Linkov

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