Re: Telnet entry routines.

From: Andrew Davidoff (
Date: 09/09/95

On Sat, 9 Sep 1995, Paul Cole wrote:
> Interesting idea, autocompletion.  However, wouldn't it be much easier to 
> deal with autocompletion by assuming that anywhere a noun could go, if it 
> doesn't match after they hit return <i.e. during normal command 
> processing> to try to complete it, and if not unique, send some message 
> back to the user stateing as much, maybe even a list of the possible 
> completions available given the partial input.  That way you don't have 
> to fool around with character at a time input.

actually, i think the guy was using [tab] as it's used in, for instance, 
zsh if yer familiar with it. you hit tab in the middle of a file-name and 
you can set it to show you a menu of auto-completion-choices and cycle 
through them... anyway, i think he was using as a kinda substitute or 
add-on to abbreviations. what yer talkin about _is_ abbreviations, and 
they _are_ simple :)  this guy's idea entailed never executing the 
command at all, until auto-completion (or really just completion) had 
dealt with it if necessary (if they hit tab).

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