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Re: M-<function-key> vs. ESC <function-key>

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: M-<function-key> vs. ESC <function-key>
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2005 21:49:48 -0500

      More specifically, when I type Meta-left at Emacs running in
    >     xterm it receives the key sequence [?\e ?\e ?O ?D], which gets 
    >     to [?\e left] through function-key-map.
    > That is a surprise to me.  Someone must have changed this in recent
    > years.

    In which way?  What is the expected behaviour?

That Meta-left turns into ESC left is strange.

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