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

From: Hans-Christoph Wirth
Subject: Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?
Date: 7 Oct 2003 17:29:14 +0100
User-agent: slrn/ (Linux)

Barry Margolin <> wrote:
>  In article <>,
>  Sven Utcke  <> wrote:
> >Well, considering where C-y is on an american keyboard (it's fine on a
> >German one, incidentially), makes one wonder if Emacs control
> >sequences where ever designed for anything but mnemonic value --- Most
> >of them certainly are in strange places.
>  Almost all the key bindings that have been around since the early days
>  (late 70's) were chosen solely for mnemonic value.  I don't think
>  ergonomics was given much consideration at all (I don't recall hearing
>  about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or RSI until several years later).

I'd bet that vi's ZZ command (that is shift z z) is chosen because it is 
very easy to type.  (If you switch to the qwerty layout as I always do.)

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