Re: GOAL: Consistent Keyboard Configuration
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Jackson) wrote on 26.05.97 in <m0wW3Yl-0004oyC@chiark.greenend.org.uk>:
> What we want is:
> * `<--' always deletes the character to the left of the cursor.
> * `Delete' always deletes to the right.
> * `Control'+`H' produces help in Emacs, as before.
> We want this to be true for the console, for X, and even if you use
> rlogin or telnet to get from one system to another.
Hmm. This only works as long as you don't come from a machine or terminal
that uses those keys differently, of course. In which case, relying on
terminfo and/or stty is probably the best you can do.
> * Emacs is programmed to map KB_Backspace or the `stty erase'
> character to delete-backward-char, and KB_Delete or kdch1 to
> delete-forward-char, and ^H to help as always.
Well, except if ^H happens to be stty erase or kdch1, in which case that
assignment should probably have priority. Likewise, delete-backward-char
should probably have priority over delete-forward-char, in the (hopefully
unlikely) event that they collide.
> * Some terminals have a `<--' key that cannot be made to produce
> anything except ^H. On these terminals Emacs help will be
> unavailable (assuming that the `stty erase' character takes
> precedence in Emacs, and has been set correctly).
Emacs won't be unavailable. Emacs help probably will, except if these
terminals are able to do an F1.
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