Emacs: mct version 0.4.0
Below are the release notes. If you have no idea what
mct is, it is a
very thin layer of interactivity on top of the default completion user
interface. Watch the video demo of the initial
This entry outlines the changes to the “Minibuffer and Completions in
mct package) since the release of version 0.3.0 on
2021-11-19. There have been more than 120 commits in the meantime.
For further details, please consult the manual online:
https://protesilaos.com/emacs/mct. Or evaluate the following
expression if you already have
(info "(mct) Top")
As most changes pertain to optimisations in the code base, we limit this log to what is of interest to the end-user.
Minibuffer Confines Transcended (aka mct-region-mode)
Emacs distinguishes between two types of completion: one that involves the minibuffer and another for text expansion inside regular buffers. MCT has supported the former case since its inception, as hinted by its original name (“Minibuffer and Completions in Tandem”), but would not work as intended for in-buffer completion.
This changes with the introduction of a new global minor mode:
mct-region-mode. What once was
mct-mode is now defined as
mct-minibuffer-mode to better denote the scope of the given
mct-region-mode enabled, users get a simplified subset of the
familiar MCT functionality when typing
C-M-i to complete the
text-at-point in any major-mode that supports
completion-at-point-functions (e.g. programming modes or Org).
mct-region-mode is considered experimental and unstable. Users are
encouraged to report any bugs as well as recommend ways to improve its
functionality or interaction model. The manual has been updated to
cover all the relevant details.
Daniel Mendler, who is the developer of the
was intstrumental in making
mct-region-mode happen. Daniel’s patches
helped with everything from (i) the proper functioning of
mct-region-mode, (ii) the separation between
mct-region-mode, (iii) the overall setup of the minor modes, and (iv)
lots of other crucial details of the overall design of MCT. In short:
there would be no
mct-region-mode without Daniel’s contributions. Any
remaining errors or omissions are my own.
Given this new functionality, we can now joke that “MCT” stands for “Minibuffer Confines Transcended”.