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

From: Cthun
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:07:12 -0500
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On 23/02/2011 12:15 PM, Rafe Kettler wrote:
You must be a Windows user. You must also not be an Emacs power user

If by that you mean "you must be a normal, sane human being", then you are correct. :)

because you think it's acceptable to use the arrow keys as cursors.

It *is* what they're there for.

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.

Hardly likely. For one thing those require extra keys held down, and for another, which one of them corresponds to which arrow? On my keyboard at least those are arranged like this:


which doesn't come anywhere close to forming a cross-shape or a T-shape. Furthermore, the letters themselves are not obviously meaningful (e.g. u, d, l, and r). So, they're not mnemonic. More time will be spent fumbling with them either trying to remember which one does what or using trial-and-error to re-ascertain which one does what than will be spent actually navigating.

Those key bindings are designed for things with tentacles and fundamentally alien minds. And non-qwerty keyboards. :)

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