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Re: C-d deleting region considered harmful

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: C-d deleting region considered harmful
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:11:07 -0400
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Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:

> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:
>> I don't know what was Chong's motivation for it, but one reason is
>> that the `delete' key is often remapped to C-d.
> Indeed.  I suppose we could get away with mapping C-d to delete-char and
> [delete] to delete-forward-char.  The main disadvantage would be the
> breaking of the equivalence of C-d and DEL.

It is also worth noting that one of the motivations for making deletion
characters act on the region was to eliminate mouse-region-delete-keys,
and hence to avoid treating "regions made with the mouse" as a special

[delete] was in mouse-region-delete-keys, but not C-d.  So, if C-d
deleting the active region is especially bothersome, I think it is OK to
decouple [delete] and C-d.

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