Re: Policy for modifier keys?
On 5.X.2001 at 00:36 Panu Kalliokoski wrote:
> Should there perhaps be a policy about how modifiers keys are mapped in
> console and X applications? For example, on the console, alt produces
> an esc prefix, which is IMO good and makes alt equivalent to a meta
> key. However, under X, meta is usually the windows key, which is a
> nuisance if one often changes between console and X.
You can define your keyboard as a pc102 one (though it's actually pc105
or pc104). This will make the keys Alt to act as Meta. It's a matter of
personal preference how one defines his keyboard.
> Moreover, because X programs can treat modifiers in two ways - the simple
> one, using modifier number, and the complex one, mapping mod numbers to
> keycodes and then using those - there probably should be some consistent
> policy of which mod number is mapped onto which modifier etc.
The simple method is not correct. Bugs have to be submitted against
such programs. AFAIK Emacs is such a program.
Anton Zinoviev, firstname.lastname@example.org