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Re: Prefixed manual describe-function and api overview

From: Philippe Vaucher
Subject: Re: Prefixed manual describe-function and api overview
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 14:10:27 +0200

>   > It is like `describe-function`
>   > (C-h f), but before you get to select a function you have to select a
>   > "topic" first. The topics are the clickable links at
>   > https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/index.html#Top.
>   > Once you select a topic, then you get to select a function but your
>   > choices are limited to the functions of said topic.
> It is worth a try.  Let's see whether users find that helps them
> find the information they are looking for.
> To find out whether users find it helpful, we might want to publish it
> and ask users to try it.

Well it is published, and I asked people to try it out? Or did you mean ELPA?

> Here's an idea: make describe-function accept topic names as well as function
> names.  When the input is a topic name, it would follow up by doing what
> you've implemented.  If the minibuffer prompt explains this feature,
> users might discover it on their own.  And it won't require a new command.

I see your point but that'd defeat the purpose of the package for me.
I'd type "string" and have to figure out which one is a function and
which one is a topic.

I want less ambiguity, what you suggest adds more.


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