Editor Ergonomics [was: Important features for editors]

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sun Jul 7 04:41:02 CEST 2013


On Sat, 06 Jul 2013 09:10:39 -0500, Skip Montanaro wrote:

>> The fact that rms has crippling RSI should indicate that emacs'
>> ergonomics is not right.
> 
> Kind of a small sample size, don't you think? 

Yes, but RMS is worth 1000 ordinary programmers!!!

*wink*


[...]
> More likely, rms ignored the problem and had bad personal ergomonics:
> ignorance or lack of understanding of the problem, poor posture, wrists
> not in a neutral position, lack of breaks, etc.  If you stop to think
> about it, all text editors probably present similar issues for their
> users.  They all involve:
> 
> * a lot of typing,
> * use of modifier keys (ctrl, alt, command, etc)
> * movement between the mouse and the keyboard

I am not an ergonomic expert, but I understand that moving from mouse to 
keyboard actually helps prevent RSI, because it slows down the rate of 
keystrokes and uses different muscle groups.


-- 
Steven



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