[OS X Emacs] Touch-bar?

David Reitter david.reitter at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 10:17:47 EST 2016


That’s a fair suggestion, but how are you going to like Emacs without a Meta key?
The Esc key is gone, as is Fn.  
Alt/Option is needed on pretty much all non-English keyboards that I know of for any programming work.  

Providing discoverable shortcuts specific to the application or situation is, I think, precisely what the touchbar is meant for.  As a minimum, we’ll need Meta.  I could imagine M-x as well.  

If someone wants to implement this, I can offer a few hundred $$ from donations for a feature that exposes a Lisp interface like for tool bars, and allows modifier keys to be shown.  The above is trivial, then.  (Scrolling in a buffer would be nice, too.)

- David

Dr. David Reitter
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Co-Director, Applied Cognitive Science Lab
Center for Language Science
The Pennsylvania State University
Aquamacs: http://aquamacs.org

> On Nov 20, 2016, at 9:26 PM, Juergen Fenn <jfenn at gmx.net> wrote:
> David, 
> the discussion so far has shown that the Touch Bar is just nonsense. It is not something as revolutionary as the mouse, or the touchpad. So, it is not worthwhile to think about anything you could use it for. 
> This is why I would rather suggest you put your time into something really useful, making Aquamacs yet more stable and faster, instead of furthering such a silly feature like the Touch Bar that is already doomed to disappear soon.
> Best,
> Jürgen.
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