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marking using shifted arrow keys (CUA mode)

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: marking using shifted arrow keys (CUA mode)
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 20:45:34 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110007 (No Gnus v0.7) Emacs/22.1.50 (gnu/linux)


for a colleague, I was looking for an option to mark text using
shifted arrow keys (<S-right>, <C-S-right>) in Emacs 22.1.
I tried `i arrow', `i shift' in the manual without success.  Finally I
found it in (info "(emacs)CUA Bindings") because I presumed that it
might be a feature of CUA mode.  I don't think that a user expects to
find it in a node under "Killing and Moving Text".  Maybe a hint and a
cross reference in (info "(emacs)Marking Objects") would be useful.
And I think we should add an index entry (maybe like this one):

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
--- killing.texi        15 Apr 2007 10:54:28 +0200      1.60
+++ killing.texi        16 Jul 2007 20:26:36 +0200      
@@ -650,6 +650,7 @@
 However, if you don't want to override these bindings in Emacs at all,
 set @code{cua-enable-cua-keys} to @code{nil}.
address@hidden marking, using shifted arrow keys
   In CUA mode, using @kbd{Shift} together with the movement keys
 activates and highlights the region over which they move.  The
 standard (unshifted) movement keys deactivate the mark, and typed text
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

Additionally, it's a little bit strange that the user has to enable
`cua-mode' and disable (set `cua-enable-cua-keys' to `nil') the most
prominent CUA feature to get "marking using shifted arrow keys".  Did
I miss something?  Is there another possibility?

In the documentation of CUA, we use "movement keys".  In the tutorial
and many other manual nodes ((info "(emacs)Menu Bar"), (info
"(emacs)User Input"), (info "(emacs)Keys"), (info "(emacs)Moving
Point")), we use the term "arrow keys".  I'd suggest to replace
"movement keys" with "arrow keys" in the CUA docs.

Unless there's objection, I will add these suggestions:

- add index entry
- add hint and a cross reference in (info "(emacs)Marking Objects")
- "movement keys" -> "arrow keys"

(Should such doc fixes go into Emacs 22 or into the trunk?  I'd say
Emacs 22.)

Bye, Reiner.
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