making right alt key usable (was)Re: De-arrowing my easy it is?)

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Wed Feb 9 20:35:28 UTC 2022


This discussion of keys prompts me to ask here how to get the use of my 
right alt key in the console, or especially using Emacs.  It seems to me 
I did this some years ago on a system that has gone to Linux Heaven, but 
I can't remember and have no record of how to do that.  I'd be grateful 
for any pointers.


On 2/8/22 20:35, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Tim here.  I do know that some browsers have add-ons you can install
> like vimium or tridactyl for Firefox that provide vi-like
> keybindings.
> However, I'm unaware of any system-wide solution and suspect it would
> be a bit tedious.  I'd avoid using control, shift, or alt in any
> permutation with a letter to get the arrow-keys because lots of
> applications use alt+letter, control+letter, shift+letter, or
> control+shift+letter/alt+shift+letter/control+alt+letter.  So if I
> had the desire to try this, I'd suggest using your Mod4 (also known
> as the Windows Logo key, the Super key, etc) since most applications
> don't use this key.  Just about all of my window-manager key-bindings
> are tied to this modifier key.
> I don't know if you're in pure console or if you're using X.  It
> might be a bit more difficult in the pure console, so I'd
> investigating how to create a keyboard map that converts things like
> Mod4+h to be the left arrow, Mod4+l to be the right arrow, etc.
> However, this is somewhat system-dependent.  It looks like there's
> some guidance here
> particularly in the "Creating a custom keymap" section.
> If you're doing it in X, the same keymap idea might also work, but
> your window-manager might allow you to do a couple one-off keys
> without messing with keyboard maps, issuing a command like mapping
> Mod4+h to execute
>    xdotool key --clearmodifiers Left
> It gets a little tricky if you want to do control+left or shift+left
> so you'd have to handle each individually.
> Hope this gives you some ideas,
> -Tim
> On February  8, 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>       So, this is something I'm wondering.
>> Given I'm on my laptop currently, I'm wondering how easy it'd be to
>> shift the arrow keys function to, say, control+shift and maybe the
>> vim key bindings so I don't have to take my hands entirely of the
>> keyboard to do things that the arrow keys do, like neavigating a
>> web page, selecting text, and so on?
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