request: emacs keys

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request: emacs keys

Postby dmw » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:52 am

I'm pretty sure this request will not be something clamored for by most of you, but it's a frustration for me, and I think it's probably trivial to fix. In any Cocoa text box, and most Cocoa based text-editors and word processors, you can navigate through the text without using the arrow keys. Instead, you can use ctrl-n for up, ctrl-p for down, ctrl-b for left, and ctrl-f for right. These keystrokes are standard in the programmer's editor emacs, which I assume the original NextStep authors must have been fond of. There is also ctrl-h for backspace, and ctrl-d for forward delete. The huge benefit to these keys over the arrow keys is that you don't need to move your fingers off of the home row to move the cursor.

The good news is that almost all of these keys work, except left and right (ctrl-b and ctrl-f). This becomes extremely frustrating for me as I instinctively press these and wait for something to happen. So that is my request: please map these keys to left and right cursor movement.

Thanks for listening.
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Re: request: emacs keys

Postby filipeamoreira » Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:47 am

I'm sorry for resurrecting a old post. However I have the same issue. I would love if Mellel supported Emacs key bindings in a similar way as OSX does.

Thank you for a great product!
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Re: request: emacs keys

Postby rpcameron » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:28 pm

It is very unlikely this will happen. Most applications use standard OS text controls for displaying/entering text, which natively support EMACS bindings. However, Mellel's text engine is not from Apple, and therefore it does not support these bindings. However, while you lose EMACS bindings, you gain better OpenType and RTL support.
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Re: request: emacs keys

Postby caw » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:00 am

Just bumping this thread

I understand why Mellel doesn't support some of the usual OSX cursor movement keys. We have C-a and C-e in Mellel (wonder why?) - it would be just great to round that out with

C-b, C-f (back, forward a char)
C-n, C-p (up, down a SCREEN line - I know, I know)
C-k (delete to end of line)
C-y (paste what's in "clipboard")

That would make a big difference - not to all, but to a fair few.

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