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Re: Key bindings proposal

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Key bindings proposal
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:47:31 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> Why _what_ is not in vanilla Emacs - (a) Icicles or (b) the addition of 
> previous
> command inputs to the command history or (c) the ability to complete against
> history items?


> For (c), the answer is that no one has bothered to add the feature to vanilla
> Emacs. Note: Completion against the history list has this advantage over 
> cycling
> and searching it (`M-p', `M-r'): the age of the input retrieved is irrelevant.
> c1. During minibuffer input anytime (not necessarily input with completion), 
> you
> can use `M-o' to insert a previous input from the input history using 
> completion
> (recursive minibuffer).  This is on-demand history completion.

I think `M-h' is a better key since it has obvious mnemonics: h = history.

> IIRC, at one point you or someone else proposed simply adding previous inputs 
> to
> the completion-candidate set.  That is misguided, IMO - the two sets should be
> kept separate.  But completion can be allowed independently against both sets 
> -
> even during the same input interaction.

Some web browsers combine previous input (sorted alphabetically
or by frequency) with suggestions in the same list.

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