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Re: Input from buffer instead of minibuffer

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: Re: Input from buffer instead of minibuffer
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:45:00 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2.50 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:10:43 -0400 Barry Margolin <> wrote:

> In article <>,
>  Michael Haensel <> wrote:
>> Hello everyone -
>> I'm writing a quiz program in Emacs Lisp. The program creates a new frame 
>> and 
>> buffer for the quiz questions. The quiz then runs something like this:
>> (insert "Please identify: [quiz item]")
>> (setq response
>>        (read-from-minibuffer "Please identify: [quiz item]"))
>> ... do stuff based on response
>> This displays the question in the buffer and the minibuffer. The response is 
>> read in from the minibuffer. This isn't deal-breakingly bad, but a better 
>> design would read the response from the buffer and skip the minibuffer 
>> entirely.
>> Is there an easy way to read a response from the buffer instead of the 
>> minibuffer? If it matters, a "response" is a string of 1-8 alphabetic 
>> characters terminated by a newline/return key.
> Nothing built-in, but it should be pretty straightforward to write a 
> command that looks in the buffer to find the response, and bind the 
> Return key to this command.

How about widgets? See (info "widget") for examples and details.

Steve Berman

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