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Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?

From: Jim Ottaway
Subject: Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 13:36:46 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090024 (Oort Gnus v0.24) Emacs/21.2 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> Barman Brakjoller <> writes:

> From the Emacs tutorial (C-h t):
>  "You can also move the cursor with the arrow keys, if your terminal
> has
>  arrow keys.  We recommend learning C-b, C-f, C-n and C-p for three
>  reasons.  First, they work on all kinds of terminals.  Second, once
>  you gain practice at using Emacs, you will find that typing these
> Control
>  characters is faster than typing the arrow keys (because you do not
>  have to move your hands away from touch-typing position).  Third,
> once
>  you form the habit of using these Control character commands, you can
>  easily learn to use other advanced cursor motion commands as well."

> Is it worth it? I'm using Emacs on w32 and Linux and are quite happy
> with my arrow keys, but the argument above about not having to move
> away from the main part of the keyboard sounds logical.

> I would like to know about you other guys and gals experiences.

After using the cursor control keys for a while, I realised that it
would be better to use the default control keys, so I bound all the
cursor keys to produce an annoying error message.  I managed to train
myself to use the control keys in this way, and I still use them now,
several years later; they are *much* more efficient.  


Jim Ottaway

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