[TxMt] Command Chooser?

Brad Miller bonelake at mac.com
Mon Feb 7 21:11:18 UTC 2005

On Feb 7, 2005, at 10:44 AM, Allan Odgaard wrote:

> On Feb 6, 2005, at 20:07, Brad Miller wrote:
>> Here's a suggestion that came to me this morning. How about applying 
>> the wonderful logic in the file chooser to commands and macros?  I 
>> was thinking of it being very much like Quicksilver for TextMate 
>> commands.
> Ah yes -- but how is this best done? intermixed with files? only 
> Command/Snippet/Macro intermixed with files and these give a 'submenu' 
> (i.e. arrow right change the content)? And should each submenu show 
> all items (maybe with the bundle as prefix)?
When I was thinking about this, I was thinking of it as a completely 
separate from files.  So command-T to use the file chooser, and 
command-M to use the command chooser (for example).  The idea is one 
easily accessible keystroke that lets me search commands.  I'm not even 
sure you would want to include snippets would you?

I think the same interface used for files could display the closest 
matching,/only matching command (along with the bundle it comes from 
and the pre-programmed keystroke)  I would also have it only show 
commands from bundles that are enabled.

I'm imagining that you would type enough keystrokes that a short flat 
display would show you all the matches, so you would not need any 
hierarchical submenus.  QS, for example, guesses right  95% of the 
time, and 99% of the time the thing I want is in the top four or five 
items on the list of possibilities.


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Brad Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Luther College

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