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Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?

From: Rafe Kettler
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:15:40 -0800 (PST)
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On Feb 23, 12:19 am, Cthun <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 22/02/2011 9:33 PM, Rafe Kettler wrote:
> > On Feb 22, 9:06 pm, Cthun<address@hidden>  wrote:
> >> On 22/02/2011 2:47 PM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> >>> There seems to be a contradiction between those last two paragraphs.
> >>> Saving buffers and finding files are relatively rare operations which
> >>> thus shouldn't be given very easy to press key sequences like C-s and
> >>> C-o.
> >> Where do you live where software never crashes and the electricity never
> >> goes out? Most of us learn to save very frequently to limit how much
> >> we'll have to do over again if the power goes out or whatever.
> > Emacs is really, really stable. My computer hasn't crashed in the past
> > 6 months, either. The power hasn't gone out in 3 months or so here
> > (eastern US).
> > Save and open are relatively infrequent command relative to others
> > (actual typing, cursor movement, etc.).
> Yeah, but for "actual typing" you only need the normal
> alphanumeric/symbol keys (no ctrl- or alt- combos) and for cursor
> movement, the arrow/home/end/etc. key group to the right of the main
> keyboard area. You've got loads and loads of ctrl-letter and ctrl-number
> combinations still after exhausting all of these more-frequent actions.
> And then not everyone lives somewhere where the power is that reliable.
> And then not everyone is daft enough not to fork their file before doing
> something truly drastic to it, especially large elisions.
> And then, of course, there's the tendency of operating systems to
> blue-screen, laptops to overheat and hang, etc. no matter how stable the
> editor application is.

You must be a Windows user. You must also not be an Emacs power user,
because you think it's acceptable to use the arrow keys as cursors. If
you don't, please use C-b, C-f, C-p, and C-n in place of the arrow
keys. It dramatically improves speed.


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