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Re: Stepping Back: A Wealth Of Completion systems Re: [ELPA] New package

From: Philip Kaludercic
Subject: Re: Stepping Back: A Wealth Of Completion systems Re: [ELPA] New package: vertico
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:59:00 +0200
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Dmitry Gutov <dgutov@yandex.ru> writes:

> What I was disagreeing in the previous message, is whether it's worth
> to create a semantic distinction between completing-read and 
> selecting-read. How would a Lisp author choose between the two? The
> former should actually be more powerful (it will retain support for
> TAB completion, and yet it could still be supported by selection-style 
> frameworks such as Company or Ivy); 

completing-read can be more powerful, as it includes expanding text and
selecting items, but I if you are not interested in text-expansion you
should probably limit yourself to selection, so that everyone is ensured
to have the same presentation.

> the latter, on the other hand, would effectively mandate a minimum
> "niceness" of the UI (though not necessarily nicer than the former,
> depending on user customization), but would be unable to support more
> advanced completion tables. Such as ones with "fields" (which includes
> file name completion).

What do you mean by "niceness", and why would it not be able to support
more complex tables?

        Philip K.

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