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Re: arrow keys vs. C-f/b/n/p

From: Uday S Reddy
Subject: Re: arrow keys vs. C-f/b/n/p
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 12:13:23 +0100
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Dear Eli, Thank you for a very clear post. The crux of the matter seems to be contained the following two paragraphs:

This is the reason why the<right>  arrow key moves like C-f in a L2R
paragraph, and why the<left>  arrow key moves like C-f in a R2L
paragraph.  (And similarly with C-b.)  It is so that Emacs behaves as
expected in a purely R2L paragraph containing only R2L text.  Any
other operation would be confusingly counter-intuitive: the<right>
key would actually move cursor _to_the_left_!

Again, we are talking _only_ about _logical-order_movement_!

So, you are saying that the <right> key moves right the majority of time, flipping direction only for the embedded text that switches direction. When it switches direction for the embedded text, the <right> key would move left, "confusingly counter-intuitively" in your words!

The purist in me wants to say that the <right> key should always move right, but I think I can live with this compromise if it is known to be acceptable and useful to the bidirectional users.


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