vi or emacs for editing Python on Linux?

Skip Montanaro skip at
Mon Dec 24 18:30:11 CET 2001

    Siegmund> i used emacs for a long time, but last year my little finger
    Siegmund> on the left hand began hurting (pressing STRG/META 100 times
    Siegmund> per minute was to much)

    Siegmund> than i switched to vim. some hours later my little finger an i
    Siegmund> loved vim :)

While it may have helped you to switch from emacs to vi (this really has
nothing to do with Python - what the heck), I suspect more important than
your choice of editors are your keyboard posture, work/rest habits, and the
layout of keys on the keyboard you use most often.  If you have good
keyboard posture and take breaks from the computer frequently enough, I
suspect your left pinky and your wrists will hold up just fine, no matter
what editor you use.

O.P.N.  I once wrote a Tkinter-based typing watcher.  I even created a SF

I rarely use it anymore myself, but people with repetitive strain problems
may find it helpful.

Skip Montanaro (skip at -

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