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Re: virtual space?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: virtual space?
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 19:44:16 +0200

> From: Kevin Rodgers <>
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> Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 09:55:02 -0600
> > 
> > I don't understand why is this an issue (can you explain?), but it
> > sounds like the default Emacs behavior, whereby the possible
> > completions are shown in a window in the same frame, should satisfy
> > your needs, since there's no new frame borders involved.  What am I
> > missing?
> He liked your suggestion to display the *Completions* buffer in its own
> frame, via special-display-buffer-names.

I understood that.

>  But he wants it displayed without any window manager decorations.

I understood that, too, but didn't understand _why_ he wants that, and
asked for explanations.

> > A separate window popped by Emacs by default in the same frame is, in
> > fact, part of the same frame.  What's wrong with that?
> He wants the buffer/window to have a separate (special) frame.

I understood that, but didn't understand why.

> > It is possible, at least in principle, to have frames without borders
> > (that's how Emacs creates tooltips, a.k.a. ``balloon help''), if that
> > is important, although I don't think you can do that now in Emacs.
> Exactly -- but why not?

Because no one has coded it, I guess.  See x_create_tip_frame for how
it is done; someone needs to add similar code to the function
x-create-frame which is used to create all the other frames on
graphics displays.

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