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Re: bindings reserved for users

Subject: Re: bindings reserved for users
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 16:47:37 EDT

> > > ( C-h i m emacs RET m keymaps RET )
> > > ... As a user, you can redefine any key;
> > > but it might be best to stick to key
> > > sequences that consist of `C-c'
> > > followed by a letter
> > followed by a (lowercase or uppercase) letter.
> I was confused about this issue ...

Me too.

>From context I understood this English was meant to be restricted to only 
letters that happen to appear as labels of keys of an actual keyboard.  

Here that means QWERTYUIOP ASDFGHJKLÑ ZXCVBNMÇ.  That is, the [A-Z] of an 
English keyboard plus Ñ and Ç (i.e. add English N with ~ tilde above and add 
English C with , cedilla below).

By associating GNU Emacs with Massachusetts I was able to guess further that 
the meaning here was the more restrictive [a-zA-Z] or [a-z], but as yet I'm 
too stunningly ignorant of Emacs to know how to resolve this ambiguity over 
upper/lower case myself.

As we speak, gnu.emacs.help folk at
are busy explaining to me that C-h b describe-bindings is not a good way for 
me to try and predict C-h k describe-key results.

Also that I can't reasonably expect a computer to know what kind of keyboard 
is connected to it.

To my ignorant eye, C-h k describe-key claims like:

        overwrite-mode is on insert
        C-c C-h is undefined

appear to be lies.

I have no Insert key, and C-c C-h is the only technique I've found yet for 
listing what key sequences prefixed by C-c are bound for me by default.

gnu.emacs.help folk are working to clue me in.

> http://members.aol.com/plforth/moforth/index.html
> http://members.aol.com/plforth/moforth/20020325/ofemacs.txt

I'm returning to Emacs after an eight year absence, because I need a 
reasonably capable source code editor to run inside Apple OpenFirmware boot 

> an eight year absence


Pat LaVarre

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