[ jedit-Bugs-860679 ] Mac OS X key handling is incorrect (and easy to fix)

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[ jedit-Bugs-860679 ] Mac OS X key handling is incorrect (and easy to fix)

Bugs item #860679, was opened at 2003-12-16 00:36
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Category: keyboard / mouse
Group: normal bug
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: Mac OS X key handling is incorrect (and easy to fix)

Initial Comment:
The change log for 4.2 prerelease indicates that Alt-key
shortcuts have been disabled for Mac OS X.  While this
allows high-bit ASCII characters to be typed from the
keyboard without accidentally invoking a shortcut, it causes
major issues with standard Mac OS X text navigation.

The standard behavior on Mac OS X is for the caret to skip
over the previous or next word when Alt-Left or Alt-Right is
pressed.  This is a commonly-used feature in all Mac OS X
text editors.  Previously, this behavior was available in jEdit
by mapping the Previous Word and Next Word shortcuts to
Alt-Left and Alt-Right.

Although you can set ALT_KEY_PRESSED_DISABLED to
"false" to restore Alt shortcuts, you can't type high-bit
ASCII characters using the Alt key if you do (you could do
both in the previous version of jEdit).

The "best-of-both-worlds" solution is to allow the Alt
modifier to pass through to the shortcut handler for keys
that don't generate characters (function keys, arrow keys,
home/end keys, page keys, etc.).  In all other cases, just
insert the high-bit ASCII character that was typed.

The Alt key is a useful and necessary modifier for shortcuts,
and it shouldn't be disabled.  Also, the Control and Alt
mapping shouldn't be switched for Mac OS X - this is bad.


>Comment By: Björn Kautler (vampire0)
Date: 2006-11-13 15:44

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Is this still an issue with 4.3preX?


Comment By: Morgan Doocy (morganiq)
Date: 2004-12-19 23:12

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I'd like to submit my vote for prioritizing this issue as well: this is a
major inconvenience for OS X users. I've been waiting patiently for ages,
and nothing appears to have been done to resolve this.

I don't mean to sound like I'm giving an empty threat, but I'm coming to
the end of my patience and will probably break down and find a new
editor soon if this continues to go unresolved.


Comment By: john manoogian III (jm3)
Date: 2004-10-26 05:27

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this bug was submitted 10 months ago, and is unassigned / open?
i will be happy to test anyone's fixes, but can PLEASE this
be addressed? not being able to use such simple your
OS-standard features as "fwd-word" and "goto-end-of-line"
completely hamstrings an editor.

i'm hoping that this bug hasn't sat here for nearly a year
because it was submitted anonymously -- i'll happily
resubmit it under my sf.net ID if need be...


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