The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

David Kastrup dak at
Sun Jun 24 08:56:58 CEST 2007

Twisted <twisted0n3 at> writes:

> On Jun 23, 8:35 pm, Robert Uhl <eadmun... at> wrote:
>> Twisted <twisted... at> writes:
>> > For an example of the latter, consider opening a file. Can't remember
>> > the exact spelling and capitalization of the file name? Sorry, bud,
>> > you're SOL. Go find it in some other app and memorize the name, then
>> > return to emacs.
>> Once again I am forced to wonder if you have _ever_ actually used
>> emacs.  find-file has tab completion: hit tab without anything typed, and
>> it displays _everything_ in the directory; type a few characters to
>> narrow it down; hit tab to complete the filename and be done with it.
>> Or of course you could use directory mode, which enables you to navigate
>> around a directory tree, performing actions on files (including editing
>> them).
>> Then of course there's ido.el, which is even better: type a few
>> characters from anywhere in the name, and it displays files matching
>> those characters.
> Really? None of this happens if you just do the straightforward file-
> open command, which should obviously at least provide a navigable
> directory tree, but definitely does not.

It definitely _does_ when you are using the mouse to open your file
dialog.  Again, _try_ a current version of Emacs before showing your

[Other nonsensical speculation deleted]

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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