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Re: History of incremental searching

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: History of incremental searching
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 11:35:16 -0400
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Jesper Harder <address@hidden> wrote:

> Alan Mackenzie<address@hidden> writes:
> > Just out of curiosity, does anybody here know the how, when, where and by
> > whom of incremental searching?
> >
> > When was it invented, and in which product?  Did it arise first in Emacs?
> > Whose idea was it?
> This page <> suggests that it was
> invented at MIT:
>   this feature usually goes by the name "Incremental Search". The
>   initial idea and implementation was done circa 1974 by researchers
>   at MIT and later included in the popular word processor named
>   "EMACS" (Richard Stallman, 1979). The claim that incremental search
>   should be a fundamental part of making software easier to use was
>   argued by Jef Raskin in his excellent book "The Humane Interface".

Which of course explains why most software does *not* include this 
feature. :)

The only similar thing I've seen in commercial software is in Mac OS X's 
"Console" application, which is used for viewing log files.  It has a 
"Filter" field that's used to display lines matching a string, and it 
updates its display as you type.  If Emacs had this, I guess we'd call 
it "Incremental-Occur".

Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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