To bring this tread up to date, I had replied to an old post from DBK telling me that the TB should replace all of my keyboards, but maybe not for Emacs. I never responded that 90% of my typing is in Emacs and so it is quite important to me.
meekj 39m ￼ dabigkahuna
Maybe a bad idea to bump this old topic but I did not respond to DBK then and I am now at the moment of truth as a new 'slightly hesitant TREGer' who has had a TB for about 32 hours.
I won't say much until I have had the call with WayTools, but the TextBlade needs to work well with Emacs for me since 90% of my typing is done there. I really want the Home key to map to Control on the Alpha Layer but it is not working so far. This is also critical for the UNIX shells (tcsh for me, bash for most people), gotta have easy Control - C among others !
For DBK's records, I am in the US, QWERTY, in order of typing volume: Linux, MacOS, iOS.
Yes, typed on a TextBlade, but not in Emacs as I often do, even for posts like this...
I think we have other folks who use Emacs. Maybe they can help - or tell you if it isn't practical for that use.
As far as I know, you can't just put a special key like command or control on a key by itself. Don't know if it may change in the future either. The space bar hot corners may be customizable in the future so maybe that will help you.
The control chord on the left and right hands won't work for you?
I know nothing about emacs so let me ask, are there a lot of different control-character combinations? Or just a small number? If a small number, there is always the possibility of setting up spots just for them. Like on my layout, I have spots for such keys on the emoji layer.
Hmmm, that is also an approach you might consider. I'm just throwing out wild ideas since I'm not familiar with the system, but would it work, instead of having that Home key act as "control", you had it on the corner of the space bar?
What I'm thinking is this, if you can get by with just the number of key spots:
Use the emoji option so the right hot corner accesses it. But we can make it act like control indirectly.
Get rid of all the emoji stuff and replace it with the typical characters - but for each one, you'll also add the control modifier.
If all you need are control followed by each regular letter, then you essentially recreate the main layer and had control to each. In short, if I want control-A, I hit the right hot corner with my pinky and hit the "A" key. But my customization has that actually be control-A. The most obvious negative would be if you need lots of other control-character combinations. If you need all the letters, you have no room for numbers.
If there are a limited number of control combinations you need rather than the whole alphabet, you could create that layer so it only has those you need.
meekj < 1m
When I searched for Emacs I mostly found people saying that they wanted to use it but no implementation details.
There are a lot of Cntrl (and ESC) key combinations, at a minimum Cntrl-A, Cntrl-E, Cntrl-K, Cntrl-S, Cntrl-D, Cntrl-W (probably others that I use without thinking) are used constantly in Emacs. In the shells, Cntrl-C, Cntrl-D are often used in addition. ESC commands do not seem to be an issue with the TB.
It looks like WayTools has detected my mapping attempts in the app and have sent me a message that we need to talk, so I should see what solutions they come up with. I did consider using the hot corners,but did not try them.
And we know that WayTools has this topic on their mind and I will discuss it with them next week. I will spend some more time trying the Cntrl chord method to see if it is reasonable.