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Re: Suggestion: Mapping of M-g should be goto-line

From: Joachim Nilsson
Subject: Re: Suggestion: Mapping of M-g should be goto-line
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 15:56:34 +0100
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On 03/25/04 13:27, Jari Aalto+mail.emacs wrote:
* 2004-03-25 David Kastrup <dak <AT> gnu.org> mail.default.spool
| jari.aalto <AT> poboxes.com (Jari Aalto+mail.emacs) writes:
| >         The "de facto" situation for long has been that everybody
| >         maps M-g to goto-line. People advice that in newsgroups,
| >         because it is indeed the most logical key.
| Seconded.  If no other binding can be found, we can override it in
| enriched text mode with a local binding, but as a global binding,
| goto-line is certainly much more generally useful.
If possible, we really want M-g, because of "g", goto. Using any other
key would counter what people have been already using. And it should
be one key.  If it were two keys, people would never use it. They
would map it right back to "M-g".

I too agree that a keybinding for goto-line is useful.  Like the
original poster I used M-g as well, but since 21.3 I have a new
setup where I use M-# instead.  To me that is equally intuitive,
but clashes with calc-dispatch -- so whatever is decided the risk
of a key already being bound is always present in Emacs.

Personally I've actually started getting used to "M-g *" for setting
faces when I write in LaTeX.  I find it very useful actually.

My reason for having a keybinding at all for goto-line is that I find
myself often supporting code over the telephone and I don't think we
have a mode for that yet in Emacs. :)


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