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Re: Emacs keyboard

From: Filipp Gunbin
Subject: Re: Emacs keyboard
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 07:51:12 +0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.1299999999999999 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2 (cygwin)

On 05/01/2013 04:33, David Combs wrote:

> I find that standard keyboards, with the control-key down at the
> bottom, a real pain to use with emacs, vi, and any other program
> that uses control-chars as commands.
> Sun (er, oracle) makes that type of keyboard, but
> also makes one with the control key immediately left
> of the "A" key, where it was on the original
> teletype-like machine (name escapes me now, but it
> ended in "33").
> That placement sure makes it easier to use programs
> like emacs and vi.
> David

But, with control in the home row you lose symmetry. I find it most
convenient to press all modifiers with one hand and the actual key with
another. That would not be possible with one control in all cases. And
with chords consisting only of Control, Alt and Shift, it's much less
pain to have Control at the bottom... Control in the home row is best
for simple keys like `C-f', but what to do with `C-M-t', for example?

Filipp Gunbin

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