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Re: `C-b' is backward-char, `left' is left-char - why?

From: Davis Herring
Subject: Re: `C-b' is backward-char, `left' is left-char - why?
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 08:18:56 -0600
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On 05/29/2011 09:57 PM, Stefan Monnier wrote:
>>> I can see why you'd want that,
>> Well, good.  Is there a way to get it?  That's the question.
> AFAICT, there is no way to get it in the general and default case (when
> bidi-display-reordering is non-nil), which is the only case which would
> make sense to solve.

I think what Drew wants is to have in startup.el something like

;; ...load .emacs
(if (default-value 'bidi-display-reordering)
    (global-set-key (kbd "<left>") 'left-char)
  (global-set-key (kbd "<left>") 'backward-char))
;; ...and C-f, M-b, M-f, etc.

along the lines of the other "preference detection" code like that for

I don't know if this is a good idea, but it does solve his problem
without introducing `magic-backward/left-dwim-char' bound to C-b and <left>.


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