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Re: Emacs completion matches selection UI

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs completion matches selection UI
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:36:20 +0200

> From: Juri Linkov <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:10:48 +0200
> >> > Many people access `previous-history-element' in the minibuffer through
> >> > the up arrow, so I hope it is not commandeered for this purpose.
> >>
> >> The web browsers solve this problem by combining completions for
> >> history and suggestions in the same list (separated by a horizontal line).
> >
> > The problem with that is that the resulting list is frustratingly
> > long.
> The browsers put the most frequently visited history items at the top.

And therein lies the problem: I frequently cannot locate the history
item I need in that list.

> As I see icomplete does the same when displaying completions in the
> minibuffer.  So items could be sorted either by frequency or by recency
> in the *Completions* buffer as well.

That only solves part of the use cases.  My typical history even for a
single day is very long, and will many times defeat these strategies.
We need to have a solution for such situations, which I believe is not
uncommon in Emacs uses.

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