Re: [PATCH] Add Emacs' imenu support in notmuch-show and notmuch-search

Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add Emacs' imenu support in notmuch-show and notmuch-search

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:29:46 -0300

To: Damien Cassou,


From: David Bremner

Damien Cassou <> writes:

> David Bremner <> writes: 
>> In show mode the chosen imenu index function seems less useful 
>> to me; it treats indentation level as significant, so in threads 
>> with many levels of reply, one has to type many periods. It's 
>> also not clear to me that the information on the header line is 
>> very helpful for navigation, even without indentation. 
> I guess you are using the default imenu frontend which is both 
> ugly and inefficient. I also guess few people care about adding 
> imenu support to packages for this exact reason.   The counsel's 
> version is quite good though (see attached screenshot). The 
> indentation is respected making the imenu content a visual 
> overview of the thread (and you don't have to type any periods).

I am indeed using the default. I think you forgot the screen shot.

> I can still get rid of indentation if you confirm you don't want 
> it.

I think so, although to be honest I never tried imenu before testing
your patches, perhaps we should wait for other opinions.

> You also say the information on 
> the header line is not very helpful. Do you have any other 
> suggestion? I'm open to trying several different alternatives and 
> see what people prefer. 

I guess I don't really understand how the matching is supposed to
work. If the user has to type from the beginning of the index string,
then I guess putting either the date or the subject first might be
helpful.  It's probably true that there is no one good order for all
threads. Some threads change subject often, others author, and one I'm
looking at right now has 25 messages with two authors and one subject.