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Re: OS X: Change default key bindings of CMD and ALT

From: Bozhidar Batsov
Subject: Re: OS X: Change default key bindings of CMD and ALT
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:50:31 +0100

Btw, can someone explain in greater details what exactly is the intended outcome of this change. Frankly, it's not quite clear to me (
and as an Emacs and Mac user, such changes are of general interest to me. 

On 1 January 2016 at 02:40, Jean-Christophe Helary <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Jan 1, 2016, at 01:02, John Wiegley <address@hidden> wrote:

> Since there are people in both camps (i.e., people who will configure Emacs to
> the other pattern no matter what we do), it's hard to argue that one should
> necessarily be the default over the other.

For all the other Mac applications (except Xquartz) Alt is used to compose characters that are not by default in the keyboard layout. That's one of the very strong point of OSX machines by the way. On a standard JIS keyboard I can type French without having to change the layout, or English, or Japanese, out of the box.

The default for Emacs on Mac should be the OS default so that new users who are used to that behavior do not have to search for the Emacs way to use their keyboard the standard way...

Jean-Christophe Helary

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