Adil spake unto us the following wisdom:
> When you press escape inside screen, it doesn't immediately send it to the
> application. This is why even if you don't have an alt-key, you can press
> "<esc><alphanum>" in somewhat quick succession to get the effect of
> pressing alt+<alphanum>. For this very reason, pressing escape doesn't
> immediately close a menu. If you try closing the menu outside screen, it
> should work with the first <esc> keypress.
This is not my experience at all; is that an option?
> > I have not encountered this, but I do have a device running Linux and=
> > gaim-text (either natively or over SSH) that has no ALT keys! I tried to
> > rebind them to Ctrl+(capital letter) but it did not work well. I agree
> > that an alternate beginning sequence would be helpful.
> Quite possibly. I would accept a clean patch that would allow doing that.
> In the meantime, the following bindings work for me:
Control+capital letter is not possible over a standard Unix terminal.
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