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Re: Binding F11 and F12 to buffer-switching and file-saving by default

From: Jason Spiro
Subject: Re: Binding F11 and F12 to buffer-switching and file-saving by default
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 15:43:57 -0500

2007/1/30, Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden> wrote:
On 1/30/07, Jason Spiro <address@hidden> wrote:
> I define it as "the benefits to new Emacs users with no .emacs file
> outweigh the costs."  IMO, it is important that new users enjoy Emacs
> as soon as possible.  If they enjoy it, they will continue using it
> forever.

Well, I think an Emacs user, if he's to be an Emacs user for any
significant amount of time, needs to learn to use the .emacs file
sooner rather than later.


> That's OK. People without those keys can use C-x C-s and C-x b.

Multiplying bindings for common commands adds confusion IMHO.

Hmm. Perhaps that is true. (To the rest of you: Do you agree?)

But M-x compile and M-x recompile have no default binding. Perhaps a
better answer, then, would be to bind them to some easy-to-press
combination of keys by default. And also to bind a fast
buffer-switching command to some key combination as well.

Do you really consider `recompile' a basic command that most users
*without* an .emacs file will need on a one-key binding?

I suspect that one of the most popular uses of Emacs is programming.

M-x recompile takes time to type. M-x <UpArrow><UpArrow><UpArrow> RET
is suboptimal because you must take your mind off your work for a
moment to watch the minibuffer until the proper history entry comes
up. IMO, a keybinding that all Emacs users could use, no matter what
machine they were using, would be better.

> True, but it can be handy to have useful bindings preset by default.

Yeah. The really difficult issue is deciding what are the useful bindings ;-)

Yes. I wonder if people have ever studied the issue, for example,
usability researchers.

> So, do the benefits to newbies outweigh the costs?

That's for others to decide.

Yes, but as Stefan mentions in his reply to this message, we should at
least bind F11 and F12 to *something*.


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