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Re: Bikeshedding go! Why is <M-f4> unbound?

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Bikeshedding go! Why is <M-f4> unbound?
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:47:31 +0900

Lennart Borgman writes:
 > On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 2:45 AM, Drew Adams <address@hidden> wrote:

 > > You didn't say what you meant by it.  How is it different?  You
 > > are arguing that a key that has some action outside Emacs should
 > > necessarily have the same action inside Emacs.

That may or may not be what he's arguing, but it seems to me the
question here is "if a key has a familiar 'generic' binding that is
applicable to and useful in Emacs, *and* Emacs itself doesn't bind
that key, should Emacs 'use' the generic binding by default?"  And the
answer "yes" follows from the principle of least astonishment.

Since Windows has a way of providing a fallback binding for events, it
seems to me that unless Emacs has a reason *not* to use that fallback,
such as "Emacs has bound a function to that event" or "in Emacs that
behavior is stupid/useless/harmful" or "the user says he doesn't like
it", it should be allowed to fall through to the fallback when the
Emacs binding is void.

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