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Re: info-find-source


From: Robert Thorpe
Subject: Re: info-find-source
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:58:11 +0000

Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Marcin Borkowski wrote:
>
....
>> Yes, I could train myself to do that.
>>
>> But... I have `i' in Info! So why train
>> myself to do something my computer (using the
>> information Emacs developers put in) can
>> do better?
>
> Because you have already trained yourself to
> edit text and code and that happens every day
> from now on as well. No matter how much you
> train with Info, you will never get to the
> text/code level. And when you "train" with text
> and code, you do amazing stuff - well,
> hopefully, but almost certainly something more
> interesting than how to navigate a browser...

I agree with Marcin Borkowski.

I think it's a mistake to over-emphasise the editing modes, and their
keybindings.  The viewing modes and the special modes are just as
important.

I spend a great deal of time in Dired, Info, Help and reading mail.  I
also spend a fair amount of time in View, Occur, Grep, Find, Compile and
Shell.

In my experience it's worth becoming reasonably familiar with those
modes and their keybindings.  It's true that doing that means less
practice with the normal editing keybindings.  However, as you get
better at using those, each increment of extra skill comes more slowly.
You reach a point of diminishing returns.  At that stage it's worthwhile
to pay more attention to the special modes.

I don't expect you to necessarily take my advice.  I'm just giving my
opinion.

BR,
Robert Thorpe



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