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Binding Styles

Oleh Krehel edited this page Dec 14, 2015 · 1 revision

Binding style decides how you call a certain hydra's functions. There are two styles with their own advantages and disadvantages. You can decide which one you prefer, and switch easily at any point.

Style 1: don't mess with the prefix

This style does not limit you from binding other commands to the prefix:

(defhydra hydra-zoom (global-map "C-c")
  ("g" text-scale-increase "in")
  ("l" text-scale-decrease "out"))

It results in the following generated code:

(define-key global-map (kbd "C-c g") 'hydra-zoom/text-scale-increase)
(define-key global-map (kbd "C-c l") 'hydra-zoom/text-scale-decrease)

The advantage of this approach is that the C-c isn't taken over, and you can still use e.g.:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c o") 'occur)

The disadvantage is that you don't get the hydra hint when you press C-c, only after you press either C-c g or C-c l.

Style 2: take over the prefix

This code will exchange the advantage and the disadvantage:

(defhydra hydra-zoom ()
  ("g" text-scale-increase "in")
  ("l" text-scale-decrease "out"))

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c") 'hydra-zoom/body)

You'll see the hint as soon as you press C-c. But you won't be able to use the C-c prefix for anything but this hydra. The C-c prefix is chosen here just to show how drastic the decision can be, since the use typically puts many commands on that prefix. However, the following setting can be a nice approach:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c z") 'hydra-zoom/body)

Unlike C-c, C-c z in an unused prefix. It's OK to have this hydra take it over completely.

Style 1 or 2?

The decision is up to you. Once you're aware of them, you can mix and match them as you see fit.

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