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bug #54659: [Request] make Ctrl+Alt+letter combinations bindable

Submitted by:  Peter Passchier <pepa65>
Submitted on:  Thu 13 Sep 2018 07:29:32 PM UTC  
Severity:  1 - Wish Status:  None
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open

Thu 03 Oct 2019 02:24:52 PM UTC, comment #5: 

I'm sorry for my not help, but at least take my previous examples.

> That emulation is a thing only on Windows.

I doesn't know about that emulation, but the Ctrl+Alt combo it's not that rare.

Tiago Almeida <tjapro>
Thu 03 Oct 2019 12:43:31 PM UTC, comment #4: 

The argument that Ctrl+Alt is sometimes used to emulate AltGr would be an argument against allowing to rebind Ctrl+Alt+letter combinations in nano, as it would be pointless: Ctrl+Alt+letter would produce an accented letter instead of nano seeing a Ctrl+Alt combo.  But, as far as I can see, xkeyboard-config does not provide a setting to make Ctrl+Alt function as AltGr.  That emulation is a thing only on Windows.

Please stop adding comments that are irrelevant.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project Administrator
Sun 29 Sep 2019 11:41:07 PM UTC, comment #3: 

This request can be strange, but it isn't. In some keyboards, they have the `AltGr` key for some strange characters. It is used with the numbers, accents and punctuation keys. This key is the as `Ctrl+Alt` keys. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltGr_key)

I'm saying this for some background, but one real example is:
`Ctrl+Z` for Undo.
`Ctrl+Alt+Z`for Redo (the contrary operation).
`Ctrl+R` for start read a macro.
`Ctrl+Alt+R` for stop read a macro.

I hope I help.

Tiago Almeida <tjapro>
Mon 17 Sep 2018 11:07:07 PM UTC, comment #2: 

If you're for suggestions to extend the default setup, my keybindings are very different from the default. I actually struggle to use nano 'out of the box' on fresh installs with the default key bindings... I am happy to share my bindings if that is of interest.

Having the option of Ctrl-Alt combinations is nice because certain letters have a natural association with certain operations, and some letters can be very 'popular', for example, I have Softwrapping bound to Ctrl-W and Whitespace to Alt-W. If I could bind Wordcount to Ctrl-Alt-W, that would be nice. (Other people might prefer binding Softwrap to Ctrl-Alt-S, having bound Alt-S to Writeout and Ctrl-S to Savefile.)

Peter Passchier <pepa65>
Mon 17 Sep 2018 06:54:45 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Which functions would you wish to bind to Ctrl+Alt combinations?

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project Administrator
Thu 13 Sep 2018 07:29:32 PM UTC, original submission:  

According to the discussion in bug #54643:

When I am in an nano, in a terminal, in a desktop environment/window manager, some Alt / Ctrl /Ctrl-Alt combinations are taken, not available for rebind within nano. But for some people (like me) a certain Alt-Ctrl combination would make sense and are more memorable, and would make nano functions more accessible.

Peter Passchier <pepa65>


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