[Chicago] Vim or Emacs

Tom Tobin korpios at korpios.com
Tue Jun 3 04:22:27 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 11:30 AM, Christopher Allan Webber
<cwebber at imagescape.com> wrote:
> However, I might recommend that to avoid the "emacs claw" (the
> scrunched up, totally RSI'd pinky finger), you should remap capslock
> to control.  It makes emacs' keybindings fairly effortless to press.

I've heard this advice countless times, and tried it on several
occasions ... and I ultimately found it to make keystrokes *harder*.
I think this may result from three things:

1) I also use my left pinky to hit the Alt/Option and Command keys;
using Caps as Control makes my pinky have to bounce back and forth
between the two areas, resulting in plenty of mis-strokes and/or
slowness as I "feel" for which key is Alt.
2) Caps as Control makes certain key combinations (e.g., Control-Z) difficult.
3) My brain can't seem to handle context-based finger switching,
making Control-Shift-[key] combos a great big mess.

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