Commit 0d6a65a5 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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Further clarification for DEL vs BS on text terminals.

parent c39937ea
......@@ -132,15 +132,15 @@ equivalent to @key{DEL}. So the @key{BACKSPACE} and/or @key{DELETE}
keys normally do the right things. But in some unusual cases Emacs
gets the wrong information from the system. If these keys don't do
what they ought to do, you should tell Emacs which key to use for
@key{DEL}. @xref{DEL Gets Help}.
@key{DEL}. @xref{DEL Gets Help}, for how to do this.
@findex normal-erase-is-backspace-mode
On text-only terminals, Emacs cannot tell which key is where, so it
follows a uniform plan which may or may not fit your keyboard. The
uniform plan is that the ASCII @key{DEL} character deletes, and the
ASCII @key{BS} (backspace) character asks for help (it is the same as
@kbd{C-h}). If this is not right for your keyboard, if you find that
the key which ought to delete backwards enters Help instead, see
On most text-only terminals, Emacs cannot tell which key is where,
so it follows a uniform plan which may or may not fit your keyboard.
The uniform plan is that the ASCII @key{DEL} character deletes, and
the ASCII @key{BS} (backspace) character asks for help (it is the same
as @kbd{C-h}). If this is not right for your keyboard, if you find
that the key which ought to delete backwards enters Help instead, see
@ref{DEL Gets Help}.
@kindex M-\
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