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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 20:55:34 -0500

2007/1/30, Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden>:
On 1/30/07, Jason Spiro <address@hidden> wrote:

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

Yeah. That doesn't mean people use compile/recompile. I almost never
use it, and I do use Emacs to do programming.

I suspect that many *do* use compile/recompile though :)

Could we at least bind compile/recompile to some key combo, even if not to F12?

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

A good question.

Anyone know: has anyone ever conducted usability tests on any Emacs? I
suspect there are things we could do to make Emacs and its many modes
easier to learn. :-)

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

I don't agree. Free, simple keys are a relatively scarce resource. I'd
rather keep them for users.

We can bind them in a way that makes users' customizations always
override the defaults. This is what was done already with the F1 key.

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