So far my favourite thing about emacs is that the “GNU and Freedom” help entry is followed immediately by the all caps notice disclaiming any warranty or responsibility for the software at all.

The “GNU and freedom” link doesn’t work. The disclaimer link sure does though.

I am presently not understanding the commitment to the idea that a ‘meta’ key is something that has existed in the wild since 1980.


@mhoye I don't really understand why they didn't just do a mass search&replace from "M-" to "Alt-" 20 years ago. Same with "kill and yank" to "cut and paste"

@fraggle Jesus Christ is that what kill and yank do?

@fraggle it might be easier for me to fork this and update the docs myself as I go than to learn from these docs.

@mhoye it's definitely a weird hill to die on in terms of terminology to insist on clinging to

@fraggle @mhoye Doesn’t meta-key refer to alt on Windows/Linux and cmd on Mac?

@Gargron @fraggle It refers to the “meta” key on the Symbolics Lisp Machine’s original “space cadet” keyboard, that IIRC happened to share a keycode Alt and Cmd on later PC and Mac keyboards.

@Gargron @fraggle sorry, not cmd whatever that other key on a Mac is. The clover-leaf thing? That two-horizontal-line glyph?

@mhoye @gargron ah I forgot alt is called option on Mac keyboards

Which is weird because I've always interpreted that symbol to represent "branching off and taking an alternative path", like a train

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