Re: GOAL: Consistent Keyboard Configuration
Excellent summary. This problem needs sorting out.
Christian Schwarz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Anyways, I don't want to mess around with different meanings of
> the Backspace/Delete keys all the time just because the author of Emacs
> did this mistake!
> Let me summarize (and please correct me if I'm wrong):
> 1) everyone agrees that "Backspace" (the "<--" key) should delete to the
> 2) that "Delete" (the "del" key, or "Entf" for germans :-) should delete
> the key the cursor is standing on
In addition, the left arrow should probably move to the left without
deleting. I'd be happy for this to be a guideline where that key is
used. This is less important than the previous two points.
> 3) ^H (that is Ctrl-H) should act like "Backspace"
> 4) except within emacs, where ^H should bring up the online help
No real comment about 3 and 4.
Ideally this should work logging in to and from remote machines as well.
> Anyways, I'm talking about the "default kbd configuration" of a Debian
> system. Everyone is free to override this with his own meaning of some
> For example, we could ask the user at installation time of the emacs
> package, whether he/she wants to
> a) ^H _and_ Backspace to bring up the help screen
> b) ^H _and_ Backspace delete the character to the left
> Of course, some workaround we be good.
> > Change thingslike this around, and see another jihad erupt ;-)
> Hey, I'm not going to give up that early!
> BTW, I not talking about implementing the keyboard configuration as
> described in the LJ article. However, the article is good to understand
> the concepts of key translation in a Linux system and the problems that
> arrise with it.
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