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Re: Emacs for new users

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: Emacs for new users
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:01:07 +0100

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM, Giorgos Keramidas
<address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:04:47 -0500, Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:
>>Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> With that said, I think a solution to the learning-emacs-in-classroom and
>>>> emacs-for-new-users problems is the same: include a .emacs which turns
>>>> on things like CUA mode to make operation more familiar.
>>> The problem is that it does not work as good as it could in all
>>> situations. Since CUA is not the default not so much effort in
>>> getting rid of all ruogh things. Not that you can't work around them,
>>> but it is not so easy for a newcomer.
>> The primary barrier to CUA is that it destroys the long-established
>> standard that C-c LETTER is free for binding to Emacs user commands.
>> So we won't be moving to CUA any time soon.  For those that want it,
>> it's just a click away on the Options menu.
> CUA also interferes in a non-trivial manner with `C-x', which is used
> far more often than `C-c'.  I am always annoyed a bit when I start
> typing `C-x C-f' but pause half-way through to think of a good name for
> a new buffer, only to notice that a region has just been killed.  Oops!

Yes, this is a problem. However you can start the key sequence C-S-x
and C-S-c (instead of C-x and C-s) when the region is highlighted to
avoid cutting/copying.

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