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Re: Interactive guide for new users

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Interactive guide for new users
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:43:33 +0300

> Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 15:18:02 +0200
> From: Ergus <spacibba@aol.com>
> Cc: ghe@sdf.org, casouri@gmail.com, emacs-devel@gnu.org
> >"Spirit" is not what's important here, IMO.  What's important is the
> >visual appearance and the available actions and their effects.  What I
> >see out there is similar to Company, and quite different from
> >icomplete-mode, even when augmented by the vertical sub-mode.
> We have xref-find-apropos and completion-at-point. But icomplete use is
> totally different to company.
> icomplete is more a minibuffer completion engine useful while tipping
> commands, of lookign for files. There a company panel is uncomfortable.
> While company-mode is a "suggestion menu" while editing. Maybe our error
> have been to consider both as a single "feature".

We are miscommunicating.  I said "similar to Company", meaning that
the completion drops down a vertical list of candidates that overlays
the rest of the display.  AFAIK, no existing completion package offers
something similar.  So either we implement something similar (and
offer it in that initial tour as an option), or we have to live with
the fact that users will not find in Emacs completion that they expect
to see.  In the latter case, I wonder why icomplete is deemed a step
in the right direction, for reasons I already described: it's too
complicated and confusion, IMO.

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