Provide autocompletion in VisualEditor
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Autocompletion is a nice feature that helps users to type words that occur often more quickly. While it sounds difficult to implement, VE actually makes this quite easy. I wrote a quick-and-dirty proof-of-concept user script: Of course my script has bugs and limitations, but it shows the concept, and proves that this isn't as difficult as it might seem.

I think it would be great to implement such a feature directly in VE.

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Though this sounds fun, I'm unsure how we could possibly support this given that it would interfere with typing in languages which use IMEs; re-writing the CE surface is very dangerous and something we go to extreme lengths to avoid.

For now, absent a clear idea of how we would do this, I'll put it into the backlog.