The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

BartlebyScrivener bscrivener42 at
Fri Jun 22 23:21:58 CEST 2007

On Jun 22, 3:47 pm, Twisted <twisted... at> wrote:

> If it requires years of mastery, it is clunky

Well, now you keep harping on this, but it's just not true.

I use vim myself, but for purposes of this argument it doesn't matter.
If you take the Vim tutorial and use the help (which appears in a
split window anytime you want it), you can use Vim like any other text
editor within a day or so, especially if you use Cream, which is set
up to hold your Windows hands and act like any other Windows text
editor on the surface. But if you use Vim for YEARS you get better and
faster and more efficient precisely BECAUSE of its arcane
capabilities. If you are going to keep your hands on the keyboard
where they belong, if you REALLY want to go fast, then there's no
alternative to having complex key commands, which become second nature
over time, and take the place of repetitive, totally inefficient
mousing around.

You might enjoy this. Especially the link to an old essay called
"Interface Zen"


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