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has caused the Debian Bug report #193483,
regarding emacs21: meta-delete has wrong default binding; should be "kill-word"
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Package: emacs21
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On Wed, May 14, 2003 at 01:23:29PM -0600, Terran Lane wrote:
> I had to go back and look at my emacs config to remember what was
> messed up.
> It's not backspace and delete _directly_ that are the problems.  On my
> work debian box, the "backspace" key produces the "DEL" emacs
> keybinding symbol, while the "delete" key produces the "^D" symbol.
> (As you say, I don't care what symbol it produces _internally_ so long
> as it _does_the_right_thing_.  But it _is_ mystifying why the
> "backspace" key doesn't just produce the "BACKSPACE" symbol and let
> the "delete" key produce the "DEL" symbol.)
> At _any_ rate, the real brokenness comes in when you hit
> meta-backspace or meta-delete, which _both_ produce the "M-DEL"
> symbol.  The default binding of this symbol is "backward-kill-word",
> which makes sense for the "meta-backspace" key combo, but _not_ for
> the "meta-delete" key combo (which should, by symmetry, invoke
> "kill-word", the forward-going equivalent).  I haven't gotten around
> to trying to fix this key mapping myself yet, but I'm annoyed that I
> should have to.  <shrug>
> Anyway, just my rant for today.  ;-)

On Wed, May 14, 2003 at 02:10:47PM -0600, Terran Lane wrote:
> Behold: on that day, 14 of May in the year 2003,
> Branden Robinson spake unto me, saying:
> > Okay.  I'm going to file a bug report using the above, and set you
> > to be the submitter, if you don't mind.  :)
> Sure, go right ahead.  If I wasn't such a lazy, grumbly bastard, I
> would do it myself.  ;-)  You might tack on to the report the following:
> "General principle for emacs keybindings: all distinct keypress
> combinations should yield distinct internal symbols.  The only
> exception are aliased keycaps -- e.g., left and right ALT should do
> the same thing, left and right CTRL, etc.  In the PC keyboard world,
> it's also acceptable for both ESC key and ALT to do the same thing.
> But DELETE/BACKSPACE should be distinct under all modifier combos.
> (As should HOME/END/PAGE UP/MENU KEY, etc.)"

G. Branden Robinson            |        "There is no gravity in space."
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