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Re: Why all the Alt bindings by default?

From: Tim Cross
Subject: Re: Why all the Alt bindings by default?
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:35:47 +1100

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 7:20 AM, Drew Adams <address@hidden> wrote:
>> > What is the new feature?
>> There is nothing new here.  This is almost as old as Emacs.
> I thought that seeing `A-/' etc. listed as a binding was new in Emacs 24.  But
> following the same recipe in Emacs 23.2 and 23.3 (but not 23.1) shows the same
> thing.  So this was new with Emacs 23.2, not Emacs 24, and it belongs in the
> Emacs 23.2 NEWS.
> Or maybe you feel that it is a bug rather than a feature or the consequence 
> of a
> feature?

Regardless of whether it appeared in emacs 23 or 24 or whether it
requires more than 1 C-h b for the Alt 'bindings' to be shown with C-h
b, the bottom line is that these key translations are shown as key
bindings when they are not. Apart from being misleading for users, I
find it a pain having to scroll past all of these misleading entries
to get to what I'm after - information on key bindings.

Something is needed that at the very least will filter these entries
out of C-h b.

One question I do have - what happens if you do have a keyboard that
is setup to have both meta and alt (as well as super and hypa) and you
want to do a real alt binding using one of these keys? It is fairly
trivial to setup your keyboard to have hypa nd supa under X, so I
suspect adding alt is not that hard given the number of keyboards with
extra/dead keys available.


Tim Cross

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