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3.1.1 Command Abbreviation

To select a menu command, you do not need to type the entire name; you can type an abbreviation that matches the command. The rules for matching a command are as follows: A command name consists of phrases separated by hyphens. A command is matched by matching an initial sequence of its phrases. Matching of hyphens is optional. A phrase is matched by matching an initial sequence of its characters. A character is matched by typing that character.

If an abbreviation matches more than one command, then the command with the greatest number of matched phrases is chosen. If more than one command has the same number of matched phrases, then the first command to appear in the menu is chosen.

For example, each of the following will match the command set-ambientcolor: set- ambient-color, s-a-c, sac, and sa. When abbreviating commands, sometimes your abbreviation will match more than one command. In such cases, the first command is selected. Occasionally, there is an anomaly such as lint not matching lighting- interpolation because the li gets absorbed in lights-on? and then the nt does not match interpolation. This can be resolved by choosing a different abbreviation, such as liin, or l-int.


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