Line Number Selection

The easiest way to highlight an Expansion Table Line among the top 10 is to simply type the corresponding line number digit. As a convention the digit 0 is used for line 10.

So let us assume, you typed ms and the Expansion Table displays the following expansion candidates:

Line Number Selection Example

Typing the digit 5 will highlight the 5th line with multiple sclerosis, which you will then be able to expand with a Trigger Key.

As you can see, the Line Number Selection is a very powerful way to highlight a displayed expansion candidate. There are good chances, you will end up using this mechanism very often.

Ambiguous cases

The presence of digits in short forms can sometimes lead to ambiguous cases, where typing a digit raises the following question:

As Instant Text is not able to guess, the following rule prevails:

Upon typing a digit, the Line Number Selection mechanism is activated
only when the abbreviation ending with the typed digit yields no matches.

Consider the case, where we expand y42 into 42-year-old, using an ages glossary.

After having typed y4, the Expansion Table displays the following expansion candidates:

Line Number Selection ambiguous case

And then upon typing 2, the Expansion Table displays the expansion candidate with the y42 short form:

Line Number Selection ambiguous case

You are relieved to see that the rule prevented the Line Number Selection mechanism to be activated, as it would have resulted in line 2 with 40-year-old to be highlighted.

Nevertheless, let's face it, there are also cases, where it is the other way around. Consider, for example, the case where typing ms yields the following expansion candidates:

Line Number Selection ambiguous case

To reach may still try this, you will likely be tempted to type 5, thinking that it will highlight the 5th line, but will end up with muscle strength is 5/5 instead: Line Number Selection ambiguous case

Therefore, in order to minimize potential conflicts with the Line Number Selection, it is generally good practice to use digits carefully in short forms, In our last example, msi is obviously a better short form than msi5 for the muscle strength is 5/5 expansion.

Note that short forms starting with a digit are not likely to create any ambiguity, as the Line Number Selection can only take place, after having already typed a character.

See also: Scrolling the Expansion Table