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Re: Looking for the "best" notation for key-binding

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: Looking for the "best" notation for key-binding
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:01:49 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2.50 (gnu/linux)

Chap Harrison <> writes:

> Here are examples of key bindings culled from the Emacs FAQ and
> emacswiki. Each one seems to use a slightly different notation to
> identify the keystroke.
> (global-set-key (quote [f1]) (quote help-for-help))
> (global-unset-key [?\e?{] )
> (global-set-key [f10] [?\C-x?\e?\e?\C-a?\C-k?\C-g])
> (global-unset-key "\e[" )
> (global-set-key "\C-h" 'delete-backward-char)
> (keyboard-translate ?\C-h ?\C-?)
> (global-set-key (kbd "C-V") 'somefunction)
> (global-set-key (kbd "<f3>") 'comment-dwim)
> It's maddening. I've so far been unsuccessful in getting this binding
> to work:
> (global-set-key (kbd "C-;") 'comment-indent)
> It seems to bind the command to the *unmodified* ';'.
> Isn't there a single, simple, consistent way to create key bindings
> that will always work?

Use M-x global-set-key RET (or M-x local-set-key RET) and follow the

Then M-x list-command-history.  You will see the required elisp.

Here is what I get:

| (global-set-key [67108923] (quote comment-indent))

Will above representation work across different platforms or different
invocations of Emacs (terminal/gui/remote).  I don't know and I would
like to know.

I can assure you that it will get the job done.

Likewise for local-set-key.

That said, in the long-run, it is better to not meddle with
Emacs-provided bindings.

> Thanks,
> Chap


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