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

From: Oliver Scholz
Subject: Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 10:48:42 +0200
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Stefan Monnier <> writes:

>> I'm still working on telepathically controlling the machine.  It is
>> surprisingly difficult.
> Huh?  It should work without even thinking about it.
> Are you sure you did the M-x telepathy-server ?

As for the telepathy-UI new in the CVS version, I am not sure whether
it is worth the trouble. Last time I tried it, I found myself
constantly misthinking. It only works for me if I concentrate hard
enough not to think about anything “wrong”. But as soon as I let my
thoughts a little bit wander ... And even if I concentrate very hard,
I don't have the necessary fine control yet. In general I have to use
undo most of the time.

I think this is a general problem with this sort of UI. It only works
right, when you learn to use your editor as some sort of
extra-limb. Like a very complex hand, for example. Not that this would
be a bad idea, but---well, it took a very long time for all of us to
learn to use our hands. And I am not sure whether I am not simply too
old to learn to use a new one.

So IMO the usual UI via the keyboard is much superior. The thought
“How was that in the manual again?”, for instance, almost instantly
makes my fingers hitting `C-h i'. Other key combos are similar. This
is as close as we can come to an telepathic interface without the
overhead to learn to use an extra limb.

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