[OS X Emacs] forward-word binding

Daniel Stegmueller d.stegmueller at gmail.com
Sat Aug 2 11:11:18 EDT 2008

Well, that does not work if key-combinations are an integral part of  
the system.
Ctrl-left-right, for example, is used for switching desktops under OS X.

You do have a valid point, of course. But to me Aquamacs (in  
comparison to Carbon Emacs) was always focused on OS-integration...


On 2 Aug 2008, at 15:11, Tom Van Vleck wrote:

> On Aug 1, 2008, at 7:09 PM, Nathaniel Cunningham wrote:
>> FYI, the change was made in order to match standard OS X behavior.  
>> (Option-left/right was similarly intended to be changed to backward/ 
>> forward-word in 1.4, but your email has brought it to my attention  
>> that it was missed somehow!)
> Many of us use Emacs on multiple different platforms in the same day.
> Switching our behavior back and forth depending on the platform is  
> error prone.
> I think that where behavior is the same on all Emacsen it should be  
> left that way in Aquamacs.
> The beauty of Aquamacs was that it added behavior for flower- 
> whatever to the existing Emacs function, without conflict with what  
> was there.
> Operating systems come and go.  My Emacs habits have developed over  
> almost 30 years.
> I expect that I will be using Emacs on Mac OS XI, XII, etc.
> I was happy to see some features flow in the other direction, with  
> OS X adopting ctrl-F and so on in Mail.app.
> I would prefer that gratuitous changes to existing Emacs behavior in  
> Aquamacs
> should be opt-in rather than opt-out.  Go ahead, experiment, add new  
> choices
> to the menus.  Some will be wonderful, and each person can each  
> adopt them as desired and when convenient.
> The ones, like changing ctrl-right, that conflict with usage on  
> other systems, I won't adopt.
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