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

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: M-<function-key> vs. ESC <function-key>
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 14:14:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110002 (No Gnus v0.2) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>       More specifically, when I type Meta-left at Emacs running in
>     >     xterm it receives the key sequence [?\e ?\e ?O ?D], which gets 
> translated
>     >     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.

As Stefan already explained this is an option in xterm.  If you want to
handle 8-bit character input (including, but not limited to UTF-8) this is


Andreas Schwab, SuSE Labs, address@hidden
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