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Re: Emacs learning curve

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Emacs learning curve
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:03:24 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Tom <address@hidden> writes:

> Alfred M. Szmidt <ams <at> gnu.org> writes:
>> I doubt that words like yank, kill, point, etc hinder new users from
>> using emacs.  The argument seems extremly weak.
> As Lennart said before the little things add up. The more unfamiliar 
> things the new user encounters the more time and effort he needs to 
> invest to try emacs and it can be a turn off.
> There is no reason to use the word yank for an operation which practically
> every other system calls paste. It's one of those totally unnecessary 
> roadblocks for newbies in emacs.

Au contraire.  If the operations were named "cut" and "paste", the
newbie would be completely without mnemonics for C-k, C-y and their ilk.

David Kastrup

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