G.1 Keyboard Usage on MS-DOS
The key that is called <DEL> in Emacs (because that's how it is
designated on most workstations) is known as <BS> (backspace) on a
PC. That is why the PC-specific terminal initialization remaps the
<BS> key to act as <DEL>; the <DELETE> key is remapped to act
as C-d for the same reasons.
Emacs built for MS-DOS recognizes C-<BREAK> as a quit
character, just like C-g. This is because Emacs cannot detect
that you have typed C-g until it is ready for more input. As a
consequence, you cannot use C-g to stop a running command
(see Quitting). By contrast, C-<BREAK> is detected
as soon as you type it (as C-g is on other systems), so it can be
used to stop a running command and for emergency escape
(see Emergency Escape).
The PC keyboard maps use the left <ALT> key as the <META> key.
You have two choices for emulating the <SUPER> and <HYPER> keys:
choose either the right <CTRL> key or the right <ALT> key by
setting the variables
dos-super-key to 1
or 2 respectively. If neither
dos-hyper-key is 1, then by default the right <ALT> key is
also mapped to the <META> key. However, if the MS-DOS international
keyboard support program KEYB.COM is installed, Emacs will
not map the right <ALT> to <META>, since it is used for
accessing characters like ~ and @ on non-US keyboard
layouts; in this case, you may only use the left <ALT> as <META>
dos-keypad-mode is a flag variable that controls
what key codes are returned by keys in the numeric keypad. You can also
define the keypad <ENTER> key to act like C-j, by putting the
following line into your _emacs file:
;; Make the <ENTER> key from the numeric keypad act as C-j.
(define-key function-key-map [kp-enter] [?\C-j])