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Re: Key bindings proposal

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: Key bindings proposal
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 21:24:03 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:

> In my patched version of Emacs on w32 you can use the left and/or
> right window keys as alt instead.
> Some people here has said that this is just as bad since that
> overrides the normal use of those keys. I do not agree for two
> reasons:
> - microsoft has made it possible to override those keys totally, while
> you can not totally override the alt key.
> - using the alt key is far more common than using the windows key.

Your opinion differs from many people on both accounts.

To override the Windows keys, you have had to use a low level keyboard
hook to catch the key before the normal Windows input event handling
takes place.  This is required to catch about half a dozen bindings that
Windows does not let you override in the officially supported way (which
is used by w32-register-hot-key).

OTOH, the only Alt keybinding that requires such hackery is Alt-TAB.

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