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Re: Suggestion: Mapping of M-g should be goto-line

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Suggestion: Mapping of M-g should be goto-line
Date: 25 Mar 2004 13:27:55 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Danilo Segan <address@hidden> writes:

> For "average joe", we want to make them learn the better way.

No.  We want them to be able to use Emacs productively.  One does not
do this by artificial deficiencies.  That an experienced user will
often be able to avoid using goto-line my more involved procedures
does not mean that it does not have its place.  And in particular,
the user will not magically discover useful alternatives just because
goto-line is hard to use.

The way to teach people is to make the information for better and
more complex alternatives better accessible, not by sabotaging use of
simpler commands.

I certainly count as a power user with Emacs, and even I use M-x
goto-line more often than, uh, set-face-whatever.  And "M-g" for
goto-line is certainly much more mnemonic that "face-whatever".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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