I am happy to announce another Transient release! The focus over the last six months was on implementing features that make the lives easier of people who create transient commands; but there are also are a few changes that users will notice.
Some suffix commands exit the transient from which they were invoked, while others don’t (allowing the user to invoke another suffix without first having to enter the transient again).
Until now it wasn’t possible to tell which category any given suffix falls into, at least not by default. Now the key binding of each suffix is colorized to indicate its transient behavior. Red means that the suffix exits the transient, and blue means that it does not. Keys for suffixes that currently cannot be invoked are gray.
Likewise, the thin line, that is drawn between the transient popup buffer and the minibuffer, is used to indicate what happens, if you invoke a command that is not a suffix. Most prefixes do not allow non-suffixes to be invoked, so this line usually is gray. c8a9ac51
Many faces have also been improved. This involves changing which built-in faces they inherit from, some explicit changes to their appearance, and semantic clarifications. Of course your mileage may vary — it’s possible that some face just happened to look right with your chosen theme, but now it has to be themed to achieve that again. 47d3f01d 71d16d86 et al.
Added a new face,
transient-delimiter, which is used for parentheses
around values and the pipe character used to separate possible values
from each other. 567b5d54
Added a new command
transient-toggle-level-limit, bound to
which temporarily shows all suffix commands a transient has to
offer. This makes it possible to occasionally use more obscure
commands and arguments, without having to always display them.
For more information see Enabling and Disabling Suffixes.
I’ve also decided to finally drop support for Emacs 25, and hope that decision doesn’t proof too controversial. The last Emacs 25 release (25.3) came out in 2017; over six years ago. The current Emacs version is 29.1; that’s four major releases since 25.1.
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The changes described below, only directly affect package authors and users who implement their own transients. If that does not describe you, then all you have to know is that many features were fine-tuned and otherwise improved, opening up some new use-cases and making some things easier to implement. This will hopefully lead to improvements in your favorite transient-using packages in the coming months.
It sometimes makes sense to bind multiple keys to the same suffix command, e.g., because they behave differently based on the suffix description, or some other slot that can be set per binding. Previously these bindings shared a visibility level; how this can be set individually. #153
While functions are run, which format strings to be inserted into the
transient buffer or to determine whether other aspects of a suffix,
that transient buffer no longer is the current buffer. Instead the
buffer in which the prefix and its suffixes operate, is the current
buffer. This affects functions such as
and those found in predicate slots such as
if. In contexts where
the transient buffer is needed but the other buffer happens to be
current, the new macro
transient-with-shadowed-buffer can be used
to temporarily change that.
The new suffix slots
inapt-face can be used to specify how
a suffix looks, which in simple cases is more convenient than using
a function as
description and adding the face there. The values of
these slots should be faces or functions that returns a face. The
transient-inapt-suffix, but in some cases
it is undesirable to apply this face to the whole description, so
this can be overridden by setting this slot to
nil for individual
suffixes. The default for
nil. c2a75880 8e15a29b 71399d21
Added new variables
transient--pending-group, which are bound while a suffix/group is
being inserted. These are mostly intended for internal purposes,
but in some rare complex cases package authors might need them too.
Sometimes it is useful to display some information in the transient
buffer, which is not associated with a suffix command. The new
transient-information can be used for that purpose. Children
that use this class are very similar to regular suffixes, the lack of
a command binding being nearly the only difference. #226
(transient-define-prefix demo ()
[(:info "static" :face shadow)
(:info (lambda () (format "Major-mode: %s" major-mode)))
Instead of a list of choices, the value of a suffix’s
can now be a function that returns such a list. #212
Per-suffix functions that format its description (specified using the
descripton slot) can now optionally take one instead of zero argument,
the respective suffix object. 09be367b
Added a new command
transient-echo-arguments intended for use in
examples and bug reports, when a prefix must bind some command, but it
does not really matter which. Using this command is less verbose than
having to implement a dummy every time, and it comes with some goodies.
I.e., it reports information about the prefix from which it was invoked.
When a command was defined using
transient-define-suffix and an alias
for that command was created using
defalias, then the alias had no
access to the associated suffix object. Now it does, which makes it
possible to bind the same command multiple times in a prefix, and make
it behave differently depending on the symbol-name that was used to
invoke it. f43aee1a
The values of a prefix’s
slots should now be a boolean. The value of the
slot has to be handled differently for different types of suffixes.
I.e., infix arguments must ignore it, and sub-prefixes must honor
it but to do so they must use a different pre-command. Previously
booleans were not supported and the previously recommended values,
transient--do-exit are still supported (but
they are “corrected” for sub-prefixes). For the
transient slot the
use of booleans was always allowed and recommended. 8098d175
For sub-prefixes a value of
t for the
transient-suffix slot of the
parent prefix now means that suffixes, which exit the sub-prefix,
return to the parent prefix, instead of exiting that as well.
In addition to booleans and pre-commands, the values of the
may now also be pre-command “shorthands”, e.g., use
transient--do-leave (which in some cases is a good value for
transient--do-replace now behaves as documented and implied by its
name. Use the new
transient--do-stack if you want to return to the
outer prefix. 94661e0c
Added a new prefix slot
transient-switch-frame, which allows
specifying the transient behavior of
switch-frame per prefix and
independently of the transient behavior of other non-suffixes
(specified using the
transient-non-suffix slot). 609dabfd
Added a new function
transient-prefix-object to allow package
authors to avoid the following unfortunate complication.
While a transient is being setup or refreshed (which involves
preparing its suffixes) the variable
transient--prefix can be
used to access the prefix object. Thus this is what has to be
used in suffix methods such as
and in object-specific functions that are stored in suffix slots
description. When a suffix command is invoked (i.e.,
interactive form and function body) then the variable
transient-current-prefix has to be used instead.
Two distinct variables are needed, because any prefix may itself be used as a suffix of another prefix, and such sub-prefixes have to be able to tell themselves apart from the prefix they were invoked from. Regular suffix commands, which are not prefixes, do not have to concern themselves with this distinction, so they can use this function instead. In the context of a plain suffix, it always returns the value of the appropriate variable. 37307c1b
This release also contains bug fixes, various documentation updates, and a larger amount of code clean-ups than usual.
Posted on 28th November 2023
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