Within org-mode, I use easy templates a lot. But I also use company-mode and easy templates are not listed there, even though I've managed to add support for some of the org-mode keywords (see here). Does anyone know how to achieve this?

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You could add your own completion function to completion-at-point-functions and add company-capf to company-backends:

(defun org-easy-template--completion-table (str pred action)
  (pcase action
    (`nil (try-completion  str org-structure-template-alist pred))
    (`t   (all-completions str org-structure-template-alist pred))))

(defun org-easy-template--annotation-function (s)
  (format " -> %s" (cadr (assoc s org-structure-template-alist))))

(defun org-easy-template-completion-function ()
  (when (looking-back "^[ \t]*<\\([^ \t]*\\)" (point-at-bol))
     (match-beginning 1) (point)
     :annotation-function 'org-easy-template--annotation-function
     :exclusive 'no)))

(defun add-easy-templates-to-capf ()
  (add-hook 'completion-at-point-functions
            'org-easy-template-completion-function nil t))

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook #'add-easy-templates-to-capf)
  • Thanks! Maybe you should also say that it should be added to the org-mode-hook: (defun add-easy-templates-to-capf () (add-hook 'completion-at-point-functions 'org-easy-template-completion-function nil t)) (add-hook 'org-mode-hook #'add-easy-templates-to-capf)
    – Timm
    Jun 12, 2017 at 19:28
  • Another minor thing: easy templates are still not listed after <. It doesn't bother me that much though, because I was more concerned with the actual completion.
    – Timm
    Jun 12, 2017 at 19:34
  • You can either call company-capf after < interactively or set company-minimum-prefix-length to 0 to get the completion immediately.
    – mutbuerger
    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:38

Since I'haven't seen a direct answer to my question yet, here's a workaround using yasnippet: simply define a snippet for every easy template.

  1. M-x yas-new-snippet
  2. Insert name, key, and content like this:
    # -*- mode: snippet -*-
    # name: latex export
    # key: l_
    # --
    #+BEGIN_EXPORT latex
  1. Store it in your_snippet_folder/org-mode.

One could also use the key <l instead of l_, but this doesn't play well together with company.

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