What is the meaning of <S-x> or <C-x> in the documentation? Example: http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/motion.html#%3CS-Right%3E

I often see people using <C-x> to refer to Ctrl-x, but I don't believe that's what the documentation means.

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From :help <s-

<S-...>     shift-key           *shift* *<S-*
<C-...>     control-key         *control* *ctrl* *<C-*

Thus, S- refers to the holding the shift key while pressing the following key. This is usually not necessary since <s-a> literally means A, but it is with <s-left> and <s-right>.


:help key-notation shows a complete list of all special keys.

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