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bug#684: 23.0.60; text-mode redefines "\es", the new search-map prefix

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#684: 23.0.60; text-mode redefines "\es", the new search-map prefix
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:45:45 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Starting from Emacs 22 we dedicated a special prefix map M-o
>>>> just for such formatting commands.  So I propose to move these
>>>> commands to the following keys:
>>>> M-o M-s    center-line
>>>> M-o M-S    center-paragraph
>>> Isn't the M-o prefix key used for text properties?  I don't think it's
>>> such a good fit.  Maybe M-g would be better.  WDYT?
>> M-g was intended for navigation commands ("goto" mnemonics), and
>> M-o for formatting commands (see (emacs) Formatted Text).
>> I think center-line and center-paragraph are more formatting
>> than navigation commands.
> But center-line and center-paragraph have nothing to do with text
> formatting as such -- currently, the commands in M-o all change
> properties.  In contrast, center-line and center-paragraph perform
> indentation.

In word processors, formatting has a broader sense - it includes
indentation, centering, alignment, justification, bulleting, numbering.
There was an idea to develop Emacs into a word processor
with the M-o map as the starting point.

> How about C-c C-s and C-c C-S?

These are good keybindings for the text major mode.  However, I don't see
why center-line and center-paragraph should be restricted to text-mode
only.  These commands are useful in any mode, and with a global keybinding
they will be available everywhere just like other formatting commands
such as `fill-paragraph' and commands in the `M-o' map that now has
enough room for more keybindings:

M-o b           facemenu-set-bold
M-o d           facemenu-set-default
M-o i           facemenu-set-italic
M-o l           facemenu-set-bold-italic
M-o o           facemenu-set-face
M-o u           facemenu-set-underline
M-o M-o         font-lock-fontify-block

Juri Linkov

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