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Re: Skipping words with C-<right> like other editors do

From: James K. Lowden
Subject: Re: Skipping words with C-<right> like other editors do
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:34:19 -0400

On Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:49:47 +0000 (UTC)
"R. Diez" <address@hidden> wrote:

> I have marked with an exclamation mark all places where the cursor
> stops at when you repeatedly press Ctrl+right or Ctrl+left:
> !text! ---! ^^^! ***! ///! ;;;! aa!-!xx! bb!
> KDE's text editor Kate, Notepad++ under Windows, and Java environment
> NetBeans behave a little different with regards to the start/end word
> position:
> !text !--- !^^^ !*** !/// !;;; !aa!-!xx !bb!

Somewhere in the documentation, a rational argument is made for emacs's
choice.  By defining forward-word and back-word asymetrically,
navigation in either direction is sped up.  To get to the beginning of
a word while going forward, just go to the end of the word you want,
and back to its beginning.  Editors that stop at the beginning of the
word in both directions have no good way to jump over arbitrary


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