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Re: Any infrastructure to select one of a few options in Emacs core?

From: Marcin Borkowski
Subject: Re: Any infrastructure to select one of a few options in Emacs core?
Date: Mon, 09 May 2016 19:10:10 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.13; emacs

On 2016-05-09, at 18:37, Kaushal Modi <> wrote:

> On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM Marcin Borkowski <> wrote:
>> I'd like to have (kind of) a menu, perhaps in a temporary buffer,
>> displaying a list of options and giving a way to select one of them.
>> Like, say clocking into one of recently clocked tasks in Org, or the
>> main manu in mu4e, or the possible corrections in ispell etc.  It seems
>> that a lot of packages use their own mechanism to do something like
>> that; now that I think of it, I guess it would be nice to have
>> a "canonical" way.  One advantage would be that by customizing this
>> "default" way, the user could define his/her preferred way of showing
>> the menu/selecting the option for _all_ applications using it.
>> WDYT?  Is there anything like that in Emacs?
> I haven't used it directly. But someone please correct me if I am wrong;
> doesn't the inbuilt completing-read already do this?
> Packages like ivy.el have ivy-completing-read which conforms to the default
> completing-read, and can be easily used to enhance that.

Yes and no.  I thought about it, and rejected the idea: I want all the
options to be visible without pressing TAB.  Also, each option might
need more than one line (and the number of lines may vary between
options), so I don't like the idea of using minibuffer at all.

Thanks anyway,

Marcin Borkowski
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Adam Mickiewicz University

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