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* bug#52058: 29.0.50; Confused by usage and documentation of "C-x 8 e e"
@ 2021-11-23 14:11 Eli Zaretskii
  2021-11-24  7:46 ` Lars Ingebrigtsen
  2021-11-28 15:11 ` Eli Zaretskii
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 3+ messages in thread
From: Eli Zaretskii @ 2021-11-23 14:11 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 52058

I did:

  emacs -Q
  C-x 8 e e

This pops up a window with a list of Emoji categories and the
respective Emoji.  It looks like a normal popup window Emacs shows,
for example *Help* or a list of completion candidates, so I just typed
<UP> arrow to dismiss it as I'm used to.  (Or maybe I expected the
arrow keys to allow selection of categories?)  This displays the
following message in the echo-area:

  Unbound suffix: ‘<up>’ (Use ‘C-g’ to abort, ‘?’ for help) [previous-line]

Tried some other keys with a similar effect.  (What is "suffix", and
"unbound" on top of that?)  So finally, I press '?', hoping it will
show me the light.  This gets me the following:

  Type a <KEY> to show help for that suffix command, or ? to show manual.
  Type C-g to exit help.

Tried to type some <KEY>.  For example, 'a'.  This produces:

  emoji--command-Emoji\ >\ Animals\ &\ Nature is an interactive compiled
  Lisp function.

  (emoji--command-Emoji\ >\ Animals\ &\ Nature)

  Not documented.

    This function is for interactive use only.

Hmm... not very helpful, as I still don't understand how to do
something useful here.  "Not documented"? hmm...

But I'm not yet frustrated enough for C-g, so I type a second '?',
hoping to see the manual, and is presented with the following:

  emoji--command-Emoji is an interactive compiled Lisp function.

  (emoji--command-Emoji)

  Not documented.

    This function is for interactive use only.

Where's my promised "manual"?

So, bottom line, I think it would be mighty good to make this
interface more user-friendly, so that it at least describes what
<KEY>s one can type to produce something useful.  And if it promises a
"manual", please make it show something to that effect...

In GNU Emacs 29.0.50 (build 210, i686-pc-mingw32)
 of 2021-11-23 built on HOME-C4E4A596F7
Repository revision: 8b62b20159f8ec3f5c7ea5227f814681741d61b1
Repository branch: master
Windowing system distributor 'Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
System Description: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (v5.1.0.2600)

Configured using:
 'configure -C --prefix=/d/usr --with-wide-int
 --enable-checking=yes,glyphs 'CFLAGS=-O0 -gdwarf-4 -g3''

Configured features:
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W32NOTIFY PDUMPER PNG RSVG SOUND THREADS TIFF TOOLKIT_SCROLL_BARS WEBP
XPM ZLIB

Important settings:
  value of $LANG: ENU
  locale-coding-system: cp1255

Major mode: Lisp Interaction

Minor modes in effect:
  tooltip-mode: t
  global-eldoc-mode: t
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  show-paren-mode: t
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  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
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Load-path shadows:
None found.

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sha1 md5 base64 format env code-pages mule custom widget keymap
hashtable-print-readable backquote threads w32notify w32 lcms2 multi-tty
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Memory information:
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* bug#52058: 29.0.50; Confused by usage and documentation of "C-x 8 e e"
  2021-11-23 14:11 bug#52058: 29.0.50; Confused by usage and documentation of "C-x 8 e e" Eli Zaretskii
@ 2021-11-24  7:46 ` Lars Ingebrigtsen
  2021-11-28 15:11 ` Eli Zaretskii
  1 sibling, 0 replies; 3+ messages in thread
From: Lars Ingebrigtsen @ 2021-11-24  7:46 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Eli Zaretskii; +Cc: Jonas Bernoulli, 52058

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

> It looks like a normal popup window Emacs shows,
> for example *Help* or a list of completion candidates, so I just typed
> <UP> arrow to dismiss it as I'm used to.

Yes, it's transient.el -- it's a different interface.

> Hmm... not very helpful, as I still don't understand how to do
> something useful here.  "Not documented"? hmm...

Should probably have some doc strings, yes...

-- 
(domestic pets only, the antidote for overdose, milk.)
   bloggy blog: http://lars.ingebrigtsen.no





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* bug#52058: 29.0.50; Confused by usage and documentation of "C-x 8 e e"
  2021-11-23 14:11 bug#52058: 29.0.50; Confused by usage and documentation of "C-x 8 e e" Eli Zaretskii
  2021-11-24  7:46 ` Lars Ingebrigtsen
@ 2021-11-28 15:11 ` Eli Zaretskii
  1 sibling, 0 replies; 3+ messages in thread
From: Eli Zaretskii @ 2021-11-28 15:11 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Jonas Bernoulli; +Cc: 52058

Forwarding to the bug tracker an exchange that was mistakenly held
off-list:

> From: Jonas Bernoulli <jonas@bernoul.li>
> Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 22:18:11 +0100
> 
> > But I'm not yet frustrated enough for C-g, so I type a second '?',
> > hoping to see the manual, and is presented with the following:
> >
> >   emoji--command-Emoji is an interactive compiled Lisp function.
> >
> >   (emoji--command-Emoji)
> >
> >   Not documented.
> >
> >     This function is for interactive use only.
> >
> > Where's my promised "manual"?
> 
> If you press "? ?" in the magit-diff transient, then that shows you the
> man-page for git-diff.  Similarly if you typed "? - s", then that shows
> you do the same man-page but also jumps to the line where the
> documentation for the "--stat" argument begins.  This works because the
> definition of the magit-diff transient sets :man-page "git-diff".

I expected it to show me something about using this feature, not about
an external command or somesuch.  That's because my main confusion was
about how to use "C-x 8 e e" for inserting Emoji, and because "?" in
Emacs usually shows some helpful usage information.  For example, type
"M-$" and then "?" -- this is what I expected to be presented with.

> Transient definitions can alternatively set :info-manual.  If there is
> an info node for the emoji feature, then this issue could be addressed
> by setting :info-manual "(emacs)Emoji" in all the generated transient
> prefixes and sub-prefixes.  The generated "insert this particular emoji"
> suffixes should probably have a generated doc-string along the lines of
> "Insert 🤗.\nFor more information see info node (emacs)Emoji and info
> node (transient)".

Sending the user to the manual is only useful after showing some
minimal usage information that allows to proceed without reading the
manual.  "Insert 🤗." might qualify as "good enough", but in the case
of "C-x 8 e e", the display you are presented with hints that a
single key will not be enough to insert a specific Emoji, so a short
text explaining how to select one emoticon from the shown list would
be better.  This is what I expected to see, and that is why I was
disappointed by what I actually saw.

> Similarly the usage information that one gets after pressing just "?":
> 
>   Type a <KEY> to show help for that suffix command, or ? to show manual.
>   Type C-g to exit help.

That text is actually completely impenetrable.  What is <KEY>? if it's
any key, then, as I reported, the response to typing at least some
keys confuses even more.  If it's only one of a specific set of keys,
something should tell the users which KEYs will result in useful
responses.  And what is "suffix command"? that is not a usual Emacs
terminology, so it just muddies the waters.

> could be extended with an additional line:
> 
>   Type <f1> to show information about such transient interfaces.

Mentioning "transient" here would be a didactic mistake, IMO: the user
doesn't necessarily know what that is about, and the usual meaning of
that word will definitely confuse even more.





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