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Re: ESC vs Meta for shifted keys

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: ESC vs Meta for shifted keys
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:42:56 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> So Iʼve (finally) got an actual Meta key configured on my
> keyboard. Iʼve always believed that Esc-as-prefix and Meta were
> interchangable, but that doesnʼt seem to be the case:

The ESC <-> Meta equivalence only holds for characters, not for
"special keys" such as `left`, indeed.  Not sure why.

> So this looks like Emacs is not taking into account the SHIFT modifier
> here?

What makes you think so?  The "translated from" clearly shows that Emacs
saw the shift just fine.

> Or is there some default keyboard translation going on that I
> need to disable?

Why would you need to disable it?
IOW which part of "running left-word when I hit M-S-<left>" annoys you?


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