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


From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:46:56 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

Cthun <address@hidden> writes:

> 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. :)


For Heinlein, a normal, sane human being had to be able to compute an
integral, otherwise Heinlein didn't consider that he should be allowed
to vote.


You'll excuse us, but when you post on gnu.emacs.help, comp.emacs, and
comp.lang.lisp, it is expected that a normal, sane human being be
defined as being able to use emacs and program in emacs lisp.



> 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:
>
> .........p
> ...f.....
>  ....bn.

This doesn't matter, because emacs users don't work at the low level.
You can expect an amobea to be able to direct itself up right down and
left.  But when we edit with emacs, we use higher level notions, such as
(n)ext, (p)revious, (f)orward, (b)ackward, x {character, line,
paragraph, sexp}.  We don't edit characters, we edit structured sources
symbolically.

-- 
__Pascal Bourguignon__                     http://www.informatimago.com/
A bad day in () is better than a good day in {}.


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