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Re: alt-tab? really? you're joking...

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: alt-tab? really? you're joking...
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:34:28 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hikaru Ichijyo <> writes:

> I've pretty much settled into Gnus now, to the point where everything
> else feels silly, so I thought I'd start adding BBDB integration.
> It seems that the key binding for name completion is M-TAB.  That's
> just...amazing.  Really.  The fact that Emacs and BBDB come from a
> UNIX-centric world doesn't begin to explain that, since MS-Windows is
> not the only platform where that's used for windows switching.  It's
> also true in WindowMaker (which I use), KDE, Gnome, and if I remember
> correctly, CDE (which kills any idea that maybe they were only thinking
> of commercial UNIX).
> And the Info docs say that you can't rebind it.
> I did find an example online of how you might rebind the key for
> Wanderlust, but the example seemed fairly specific to Wanderlust.
> What's the typical way Gnus users get around this these days?  Also, I
> should note that I'm running BBDB 2.35 and not the new 3.x rewrite,
> since the web site warns loudly that it's alpha alpha alpha!  (Should I
> be running 3.x anyway?)
> Really...even in the 1990's, in the days of HPUX/CDE workstations and
> Motif X11 toolkits...Alt-Tab?  Really?  When was that ever a good idea
> for an application key binding?

You seem to be very confused.  

The key binding for name completion is Meta Tab, M-TAB, 
not Alt Tab A-TAB.

Perhaps your keyboard is ill-configured too.

You should ask advice on how to map a meta- modifier key disctinct from
the alt- modifier key (if you needed the later at all)

__Pascal Bourguignon__       
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