Tab autocomplete behavior in tables

Pavel Sanda sanda at
Mon Dec 7 16:59:14 UTC 2020

On Mon, Dec 07, 2020 at 11:34:44AM -0500, Paul A. Rubin wrote:
> On 12/7/20 5:51 AM, Pavel Sanda wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 08:08:44PM -0500, Paul A. Rubin wrote:
> > > An interesting related behavior has to do with the escape key. In other
> > > programs (such as programming IDEs), if I get autocompletion hints I don't
> > > want, I typically hit the escape key to get rid of them. So, having
> > > reproduced the problem with Maria's help, my instinct was to hit Esc and
> > > then Tab ... except Esc boots me out of the table. I can understand the
> > > logic (sort of), but I wonder if there is a way to repurpose the escape key
> > > to just stop hints without moving the cursor?
> > Sorry to join the party little bit late.
> > The non functional Esc is in your case table+preferebce of automatic menu in text, right?
> > Does the Esc works correct when you have menu in math mode? (Vaguely I remember fixing
> > this long time ago, but maybe the text part was missed.)
> > 
> > Pavel
> Pavel,
> Yes, in math mode hitting the ESC key while a completion suggestion is
> visible removes the suggestion (and the characters that triggered it) but
> leaves the cursor in the correct position. For instance, if (in a math
> inset) I type "xyz\ta" I get a suggested completion "xyz\tan". If I hit ESC,
> the inset contents revert to "xyz" with the cursor after the "z" and inside
> the inset.

Ok I might have time to look on the non functional Esc in text next week
(or next shutdown for that matter ;)


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