Using the keyboard

Throughout this manual there are descriptions of commands that you can choose by typing at the keyboard. This is especially true when discussing the built-in editor, which relies heavily on the use of keyboard commands, and the Common Lisp listener, which uses many of the same commands.

Keyboard commands invariably use a combination of alphanumeric characters together with the Control, Shift, Escape, and Meta keys.

In all cases, the Control, Shift, and Meta keys should be held down concurrently with the specified letter, whereas the Escape key should be pressed and released before pressing the specified letter. In the editor, Escape and Meta can be used interchangeably. This manual refers to Meta when referring to editor commands to reflect its ease of use.

Thus, for example:

Ctrl-S is read as "hold down the Control key and press S".

Ctrl-Shift-A is read as "hold down the Control and Shift keys and press A".

Esc-E is read as "press and release the Escape key, then press E".

Meta-E is read as "hold down the Meta key and press E" (remember that, in the editor, you could useEsc-E if you preferred).

The Meta key on your keyboard may variously be labeled as Meta, Alt, or ©.

For more information on using keyboard commands in the built-in editor and the listener, see Section 8.1.4 on page 86.

A quick reference card containing brief descriptions of the most useful keyboard commands is supplied with this documentation.

Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0 - 18 OCT 1996

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