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With Emacs, you can have a drag event without even changing your clothes. A drag event happens every time the user presses a mouse button and then moves the mouse to a different character position before releasing the button. Like all mouse events, drag events are represented in Lisp as lists. The lists record both the starting mouse position and the final position, like this:
(event-type (window1 buffer-pos1 (x1 . y1) timestamp1) (window2 buffer-pos2 (x2 . y2) timestamp2) click-count)
For a drag event, the name of the symbol event-type contains the
prefix `drag-'. For example, dragging the mouse with button 2 held
down generates a
drag-mouse-2 event. The second and third
elements of the event give the starting and ending position of the drag.
Aside from that, the data have the same meanings as in a click event
(see section 21.6.4 Click Events). You can access the second element of any mouse
event in the same way, with no need to distinguish drag events from
The `drag-' prefix follows the modifier key prefixes such as `C-' and `M-'.
read-key-sequence receives a drag event that has no key
binding, and the corresponding click event does have a binding, it
changes the drag event into a click event at the drag's starting
position. This means that you don't have to distinguish between click
and drag events unless you want to.
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