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Suggested extension for shift-letter

Posted By: Walter Rassbach <>
Date: Friday, 4 September 1998, at 1:08 a.m.

Currently, hitting something like shift-G takes one to the next directory or file with a name which starts with G, but a shift-G followed by a shift-L will take one first to a G file and then the next L file...

I would like to propose a change here:

A shift-G followed immediately by a shift-L would take one to the first file (or directory) which starts with GL (continuing for subsequent shift-letters).
The "continuation feature" is reset by ANY other non-name select key (i.e., by anything other than a shift-letter or a digit, underscore, or minus, and maybe some of the other odd graphics like '`', '~', '!', etc. which are only used in filenames and which, if they don't already, should be treated in the same kind of way (KIM: If they don't currently, could they be made to??).

The only exception might be a TAB (maybe a '/' or '=' or even the space bar...) which would repeat the last selection and go to the NEXT file/directory with the same letter (e.g., the next file/directory starting with 'GL').

A configuration option might be needed to specify either this or the old method... I think that this extension should not affect any of the rest of the handling in any way (other than the use of TAB which might change) and would make it MUCH easier to navigate in directories with 100's of files...

A related item: It would be nice if there was a way to do the same kind of navigation for extensions, especially in a large directory which is sorted by extension... However, I have not yet figured out a clean way to do so -- Any suggestions???

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