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Re: Universal Prefix Argument using M-1..9 and C-1..9

From: jai-bholeki
Subject: Re: Universal Prefix Argument using M-1..9 and C-1..9
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2020 20:01:29 +0000

That's a good enough argument not to mess those keybindings.  Would it be
possible for the maintainers to write a section for Users and Designers
of Elisp Software on the KeyBindings which absolutely they should not mess
with if they intend to release their Elisp Software.  Have no doubt it would
be an extremely helpful section.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Monday, 2 November 2020 20:39, Eli Zaretskii <> wrote:

> > Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2020 19:32:41 +0000
> > From: jai-bholeki via Users list for the GNU Emacs text editor 
> >
> > A related question is why Emacs uses different keybindings (e.g. M-1..9 and 
> > C-1..9)
> > to do exactly the same thing
> Because, depending on the command to which you want to give an
> argument, it can be very convenient. For example, if the command is
> C-f, it is much easier to type "C-8 C-f" than "M-8 C-f", because for
> the former you can press and hold Ctrl, then type 8 followed by f. By
> contrast, if the command you need to type is M-f, it is easier to type
> "M-8 M-f", for the same reasons.

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