Re: Incremental find?

Subject: Re: Incremental find?
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 00:10:32 -0400

The first one that I encountered, about 1980, was the "incremental
search" addition to emacs. It was so popular that incremental became the
default and the old non-incremental, previously called "search-forward"
(and bound to ^S) was renamed to "nonincremental-search-forward" and
lost its keybinding. ^S is now "isearch-forward".

The Powers That Was, however, decided that ^F would be Find in the MS
world, and Find it is, and it's not usually incremental.

Emacs had it first (or nearly first) but who cares?

Ned Bedinger wrote:
> arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I have a terminology question for you all...
>> One of our developers is using the term "find-as-you-type function" which I'm certain is not the proper name of the tool. I've seen this function in various programs, but it's not specifically labeled. Wikipedia says the proper term is "incremental find." However, the typical user would respond with "HUH?" if I use the latter term.
>> I need to establish the terminology here. So, what's the best term to use? The one that is descriptive but wordy and informal, or the term that is technical but unclear? Or do you use something else entirely?
>> Thanks for your perspectives and advice.
> Hi Arroxane--
> Without resorting to the science of algoritmic searching, or even the
> terminology from regular expressions, I'd be inclined to refer to it as
> a variant of wildcard searches. Are you constrained in your terminology
> search by political considerations, like keeping detente with the team
> that develops features at your place?


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