I want to use the keyboard, but have it look
like I would be using the mouse. Which also shows the keyboard
shortcuts in the menus.
But most Emacs keyboard commands don't have any equivalent menu
items. So this could only work for a narrow subset of possible input.
What if you use M-x to enter commands that are worth showing people?
They will see the "M-x COMMANDNAME" in the minibuffer, and that will
tell them what you're doing as well as a menu item would.
And what's wrong with using the mouse and menus to demonstrate use of the
mouse and menus - IOW, why don't you just show the audience directly what
you're trying to show them, instead of using the keyboard indirectly to show
them the use of menus?
Would there be a benefit for the audience in menu/mouse faking, or would the
demo mode be only for the demonstrator's benefit?
The original post:
whenever I find myself doing a demonstration of Emacs capabilities
and features, I find myself using keyboard commands. That is not
helpful to onlookers who just see magic happening.
Yes. And if you use a menu-faking demo mode and the audience can see both
your use of the keyboard and the resulting mouse-menu-magic on the screen,
they might be even more mystified.
So I have to force myself to use the mouse.
That sounds like it would be the clearest thing (to observers) to do: use
`M-x command-name' for well-chosen commands with good names ("worth
showing"); and use menus for other commands.