emacs key bindings

Doug dkrq at telusplanet.net
Sun Apr 15 14:58:23 BST 2007

Philip Rodrigues wrote:
> Hi Larry,
>> For the twelve years or so that I've been using X, I've had emacs
>> keybindings when editing in whichever window manager. I'm giving KDE a
>> try, and my biggest frustration is that it seems to default to
>> microsoft keybidings (ctrl-a selects all, rather than going to the
>> beginning of the line). I've asked on various fora, and done quite a
>> few web searches, but all I have found is people asking how to change
>> key bindings, but I haven't found any answers.
>> I thought I had something today when in control center->
>> kde components-->
>> component chooser
> As you seem to have suggested, you have two options here: either you can use
> KDE text editing programs, and try to change their shortcuts to be
> emacs-like, or you can just set your file associations in KDE to open emacs
> for files that you want to edit. I expect that your best bet is to try
> doing both of those. 
> To get emacs-like keybindings in KDE apps, you can use control center ->
> regional & a11y -> keyboard shortcuts, and especially the "application
> shortcuts" tab (where you can set things like Ctrl+A to go to beginning of
> line). I thought there used to be a "emacs-like" option there, but it seems
> that (in KDE 3.5 at least), you have to set each binding individually...
> For the second thing, you can set the file association for certain file
> types to emacs (so when, eg you click on a C file in konqueror, it opens
> for editing in emacs). To do this, use control center -> kde components ->
> file associations.
> (Just to explain the "embedded text editor" option you mentioned: that's
> limited to applications providing KDE-embeddable "KParts", which is why
> emacs doesn't appear there).
> Hope that helps,
> Philip
As I am an old fart - I use Xemacs, which annoys RMS, but there are no 
such keybinding problems.

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