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Re: S-TAB, <S-tab>, and <backtab>

From: Yuri Khan
Subject: Re: S-TAB, <S-tab>, and <backtab>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 23:17:35 +0700

On Wed, 15 Sept 2021 at 19:39, Hongyi Zhao <> wrote:

> But I still don't understand why my observed behavior is inconsistent
> with Emacswiki's description.

Because Emacs does not receive key combinations directly from the
keyboard. It gets them from a platform-specific lower-level input
subsystem. For example, on X11, XKB translates Shift+Tab to Shift + a
special ISO_Left_Tab pseudo-keysym (see
/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc). Emacs then translates that to a
<backtab> event.

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