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Re: Emacs completion matches selection UI

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Emacs completion matches selection UI
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:39:03 +0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Dmitry Gutov <address@hidden> writes:

> Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:
>> In modern UIs, auto-completion works such a way that after you type text
>> it pops up a drop-down menu with a list of candidates where you can
>> select one by using <down> and <up> arrow keys.
> I would differentiate between completion of buffer contents (in this
> case displaying a drop-down menu is fine) and completion of strings in
> general. If the completion is unrelated to the buffer contents (or only
> related on some higher level, like file names, buffer name or IMenu
> elements), at the very least the completion popup will have to be
> displayed near the minibuffer.
> I'd like to see a popup in the middle of the frame for this case,
> somewhat-but-not-entirely covering the buffers. Like in Sublime Text.
> You can see it displayed in examples 3 and 4 on their front page:
> http://www.sublimetext.com/

I think this feature alone would put an end to many of the complaints
about emacs being "not modern". If you're constitutionally opposed to
shiny it could be objectionable, but practically-speaking it would be
very nice. The less emacs look like Dwarf Fortress the better.

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