Emacs auto-completion for non-programmers

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CREATED: <2015-12-01>

UPDATED: <2015-12-03 Thu>

That's easy if you use company-mode.

Say if you want to complete words ONLY in org-mode,

(require 'company)

(add-hook 'after-init-hook 'global-company-mode)

;; Don't enable company-mode in below major modes, OPTIONAL
(setq company-global-modes '(not eshell-mode comint-mode erc-mode rcirc-mode))

;; "text-mode" is a major mode for editing files of text in a human language"
;; most major modes for non-programmers inherit from text-mode
(defun text-mode-hook-setup ()
  ;; make `company-backends' local is critcal
  ;; or else, you will have completion in every major mode, that's very annoying!
  (make-local-variable 'company-backends)

  ;; company-ispell is the plugin to complete words
  (add-to-list 'company-backends 'company-ispell)

  ;; OPTIONAL, if `company-ispell-dictionary' is nil, `ispell-complete-word-dict' is used
  ;;  but I prefer hard code the dictionary path. That's more portable.
  (setq company-ispell-dictionary (file-truename "~/.emacs.d/misc/english-words.txt")))

(add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'text-mode-hook-setup)

(defun toggle-company-ispell ()
   ((memq 'company-ispell company-backends)
    (setq company-backends (delete 'company-ispell company-backends))
    (message "company-ispell disabled"))
    (add-to-list 'company-backends 'company-ispell)
    (message "company-ispell enabled!"))))

`M-x toggle-company-ispell` to toggle company-ispell in any major mode.

"english-words.txt" is just a plain text file where lines sorted alphabetically. Every line is a word.

You can download my english-words.txt.

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