Shortening the rope
Posted Apr 3, 2009 19:28 UTC (Fri) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Shortening the rope
I fear that this will reveal what an old geezer I am, but I've been using some flavor of Emacs (Gosling's Emacs or GNU Emacs) for 26 years now (OK, I started while in my teens, and at least I'm younger than RMS, but not by a whole lot).
I've never hit control-alt-anything by accident, or even on purpose as an Emacs key sequence, and that's because in Emacs, any alt-key can also be typed by preceding the key with ESC, so I would never attempt to hold down both control and alt and hit a key while using Emacs. That's reserved for special three-finger salutes, and it's painful enough to do that it's not going to happen unless I really, really intend to do that.
control-meta-H is "mark-defun" (mark the current function) in Emacs, but everyone types it as ESC followed by control-H. Anyone who ever does otherwise would long ago learned not to do that, since they would no longer have an X server.
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