Re: [PATCH] emacs: hello: display jump key next to saved search when available

Subject:Re: [PATCH] emacs: hello: display jump key next to saved search when available

Date:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:58:41 +0200

To:David Edmondson ,notmuch@notmuchmail.org

Cc:

From:Jani Nikula


On Sun, 07 Feb 2016, David Edmondson <dme@dme.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 13 2015, Jani Nikula <jani@nikula.org> wrote:
>> Display the shortcut jump key next to the saved search name in notmuch
>> hello, if one is defined for the saved search.
>
> I quite like the idea of this (and Mark's followup), but I wonder about
> the utility. With notmuch-jump, as soon as I hit `j' a list of the
> possible keystrokes and the corresponding search is presented, so I
> don't need to refer to the list in the hello buffer to know what to do.

Much of the point in this was to discuss how to make the UI, and the
very capable features we have, more discoverable to new uses. Most
people won't start by reading the documentation (which we don't even
really have for notmuch-emacs). Keeping the UI uncluttered and clean at
the same time is hard.

Perhaps promoting the '?' key in my other patch is enough. Perhaps an
alternative would be to highlight the 'j' key in "Saved searches:
[edit]" somehow.

BR,
Jani.

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