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Re: lynx-dev Re: ^Ve considered harmful

From: dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: ^Ve considered harmful
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 05:15:59 -0500 (EST)

> Kim DeVaughn wrote: 
> Kim>> Personally, I'd *like* to use ESC, since ^V often means "literally  
> Kim>> quote the next char", but that would probably cause problems with  
> Kim>> various "special" keys (function, arrow, etc) that often use ESC  
> Kim>> at the beginning of a CSI (control sequence introducer).  
> Tom Dickey replied: 
> Tom> no - it will work (curses waits briefly to disentangle this -- though 
> Tom> I am told that slang may not do this properly). 
> Lynx also works with various OS's native curses, some of which do *not* 
> handle this correctly.  So if you use ESC for a quote char, be prepared 
> for endless niggling bugs on older systems, slowly dwindling as the 
> years go by... 

hmm (can you give more background - such as SVr3 curses does this, or SVr2?
I've only worked with SVr4, SVr3 and several flavors of BSD - but probably
haven't studied the older ones recently enough to see this problem).
> >Bela< 

Thomas E. Dickey

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