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Re: Stephen Wolfram's recent blog

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  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <kjm at>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:00:43 -0500 (EST)
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I find the auto completion to be a major annoyance in the following 
circumstance. Suppose I wish to type GM/r in the "upright" form that you 
get by doing ctrl-/. If I type GM in the top box and tab to the bottom 
to type r - great, nothing to it. Now suppose that I have defined GM=1, 
say. If I then type GM in the upper box, I am offered the auto 
completion of GM; so, when I hit the tab to go to the lower box, instead 
it inserts the GM I already typed and leaves me at the end of that. This 
occurs so often in what I do that I have turned off the auto completion, 
since I usually type while looking at my notes rather than at what 
Mathematica is doing to "help".


On 2/17/2013 4:08 AM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> To the contrary, I find the new (by default) auto-completion a
> significant improvement over having to use Ctrl+K. E.g., say I want to
> type ChiDistribution. I type 'Chi' and get the drop-down list of 3
> possible completions. Only one of these 3 has 'D' as the next letter. So
> I just type 'D' and press Return. Mathematica completes the rest.
> That's a fairly short example. I've found that I can type long
> expressions, with many names in them (`System or `Global) much faster
> now.
> This helps makes up for Mathematica's verbose descriptive language, in
> contrast with languages where names are short but often cryptic.
> On Feb 16, 2013, at 1:10 AM, "djmpark" <djmpark at> wrote:
>> ...All the doo-dads are to me a nuisance. The one thing I liked was
> the Ctrl+K
>> (which I could type faster than you can say Jack Rabbit) command
> completion.
>> But now Ctrl+K is gone and what replaces it is ill-conceived and
> horrible.
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