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Re: icomplete-mode vs. iswitchb

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: icomplete-mode vs. iswitchb
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:56:53 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

> icomplete is less obtrusive, but ido is definitely more efficient, with
> its non-prefix and flex matching.

icomplete uses completion-styles, so it also has substring matching.
Currently, noone has ported ido's flex matching to completion-styles,
tho, indeed.

> And, in order to not have to bother with C-j for items not present in
> the existing set, with icomplete you always have type or press Tab to
> get to the desired item, maybe several times, even if the item is the
> first in the list.

icomplete-mode now has C-j to "select the first element", so you don't
need to press TAB or type anything to get to it.


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