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Re: describe-bindings: ^L, bad order, naming

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: describe-bindings: ^L, bad order, naming
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 23:13:25 +0000

On 13 Nov 2005, at 22:08, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

They all go back to one program, Emacs, which popularized this
concept in 1975.

Perhaps that's how it happened historically, but the important thing
is that by now this term is also known to people who don't use Emacs.

It's the concept that counts, and none of the merit is taken away from Emacs if the term denotating the concept changes.

But if you look up a term in a corpus such as Google's, you will want to have a look at the distribution of its alternate, near-synonymous variants.

"key bindings" --> 277,000
"key shortcuts" --> 111,000
"keyboard commands" --> 311,000
"key commands" --> 208,000
"keyboard shortcuts" --> 2,630,000 hits

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