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Re: bindings reserved for users

Subject: Re: bindings reserved for users
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 08:13:13 EDT

> > > ( C-h i m emacs RET m keymaps RET )
> > > ... `C-c' followed by a letter ... 
> > Do we want to reserve C-c A through C-c Z for users, as well?
> Richard Stallman address@hidden
> Thu, 18 Apr 2002 12:44:57 -0600 (MDT)
> They already are reserved for users; the manual says so.
> Are you suggesting we change that?  Do you think the manual
> needs to say it more emphatically?

Yes the GNU Emacs manual here would become more broadly
intelligible if, in place of seeing talk of C-c followed by:

... a letter ...

instead we saw whichever we mean from these less
concise statements:

... a lower case American letter ([a-z]) ...
... an American letter ([a-zA-Z]) ...
... a letter key of the keyboard ...
... any letter (American [a-zA-Z] etc.) ...

Personally I find most reasonable:

... a letter key of the keyboard ...

However, I hear we're not yet able to make life
that simple, except on the Mac?

The loss can be small, but still come across as
culturally illiterate.  For example, the intent to not
support ñ makes C-c ñ a bad substitute choice
for a missing Insert key, no matter that
"un dedo ñoco" is a missing finger of a human hand.

I say the loss is small only because I hear no more
than 1 in 6,000 Spanish words begins with the ñ letter
key of a Spanish keyboard.  That makes ñ words in
Spanish no more than 3X common as English words
beginning with the x letter key of an English keyboard.

I wonder if any English-speaking folk here bind C-c x.

Pat LaVarre

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