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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 16:35:31 +1100

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <address@hidden> wrote:
> Tim Cross writes:
>  > The other question is if I have defined some real alt bindings, how
>  > do you tell those form key translations?
> In what context?  If you're a user looking at the C-h b buffer,
> heuristically: non-ASCII single characters are not command bindings,
> they're keyboard translations.  In a program, you'll use different
> APIs to access them, so one can hardly be mistaken for the other.

Yes, but is that reasonable in the context of a new user who is likely
using C-h b to identify and learn about available key bindings? It
would seem a reasonable assumption that when you use a command which
is supposed to describe key bindings, what that command shows is key
bindings and not key bindings and key translations.

The doc string for the command doesn't mention anything about key
translations. Nor does there seem to be much in the emacs manual.
Perhaps all that is required is for this to be added to the doc
string. I think this would then largely reduce the issue to minor
annoyance at the list of key bindings including data I'm probably not
interested in and didn't ask for.


Tim Cross

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