The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

Robert Uhl eadmund42 at
Thu Jun 21 18:03:05 CEST 2007

Twisted <twisted0n3 at> writes:
>> Emacs is amazingly beginner-friendly for the power and flexibility it
>> provides. [snip]
> That's a joke, right? I tried it a time or two. Every time it was
> rapidly apparent that doing anything non-trivial would require
> consulting a cheat sheet. The printed-out kind, since navigating to
> the help and back without already having the help displayed and open
> to the command reference was also non-trivial.

C-h i, C-x b RET is non-trivial?!?

> Four hours of wasted time later, with zero productivity to show for
> it, I deleted it. The same thing happened again, so it wasn't a bad
> day or a fluke or a one-off or the particular version, either.

If you'd spent half an hour using the tutorial (helpfully displayed
right there when you start emacs), you could have saved three and a half
hours of wasted time.  And you'd now be using an actual text editor,
which is often helpful.

Robert Uhl <>
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