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Re: MacOS X: Not all Alt keys are equal?


From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: MacOS X: Not all Alt keys are equal?
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:46:08 +0100


Am 25.03.2011 um 16:15 schrieb Lars-Johan Liman:

Hmm. Well the problem manifests itself when you have two Alt keys, and
want to make them do different things.

My old PowerBook has two cmd keys. The keyboard controller treats them as one. So neither in X11 nor in Quartz/Aqua is a difference and so setting an ns-left-command-modifier is pointless.

You can try Peter Maurer's Key Codes application (http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?section=keycodes ) to see whether the two keys are really independent.


</me sends a longing thought to xmodmap ... ;-)>


It'll fail when both keys are one... Did you try any X11 variant of GNU Emacs? There exist quite useful X11 installations for Mac OS X.

A quite useful Emacs variant is the "AppKit" Emacs, based on GNU Emacs 23.3 and patch files: /ftp:address@hidden:/ emacs. Cmd is Meta, except for some sane combinations that are caught by the OS, and alt is just alt. Super and Hyper modifier can be set.

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Greetings

  Pete

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