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Re: How to type when using Emacs?

From: Xah
Subject: Re: How to type when using Emacs?
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2008 12:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 9, 8:07 am, address@hidden (David Combs) wrote:
> In article <address@hidden>,
> Florian Beck  <address@hidden> wrote:
> ...
> >Finally, if you are using X, you should definitely make your keyboard
> >use ALT, SUPER, HYPER and COMPOSE. (Probably not for editing, though, I
> >use ALT for »viewing« (e.g. ALT-u outline-up-heading), SUPER for
> >rearranging (transposing paragraphs) and reserve HYPER for my window
> >manager).
> I try to stay away from windows and use primarily
> a sun and solaris.  And emacs, of course.
> Now, you talk about ALT, SUPER, HYPER, and COMPOSE.
> For emacs, what do you use those keys for?

Those came from lisp machine's keyboard.

For a detail explanation and photos of lisp keyboards, see:

Why Emacs's Keyboard Shortcuts Are Painful

> (What are they "supposed" to be used for -- that is,
> maybe, what acts or intentions gave them those names?)

For a explanation on how these Hyper, Super keys were used, see
Rainer' article at:


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