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Re: emacs compatibility - changing a default binding?

From: Joe Corneli
Subject: Re: emacs compatibility - changing a default binding?
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:13:26 +0100

On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM, Axel Beckert <address@hidden> wrote:

> Per user, yes, but not generally. Screen's C-a is hardwired in too many
> people's finger muscles.

There should be some way to "grandfather in" the old default, while
migrating towards a new setting.  Consider the comparison case:
mainstream window managers provide locale-based configurations. EN_US
might be the universal default, but it is easy enough for system
admins to change this to various other standard settings, even that's
just EN_UK.

How about adding a configuration-time flag with a name that would help
people see that C-a is less-than-optimal, e.g.:

LEGACYCOMMANDKEY: set the command to C-a (this could still be the default)
MODERNCOMMANDKEY: set the command to some as-yet-unspecified saner command

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