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Re: Why does the tutorial talk about C-n/C-p etc?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Why does the tutorial talk about C-n/C-p etc?
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:12:17 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> writes:

> Or as somebody said on Reddit:
> https://www.reddit.com/r/emacs/comments/49of20/installed_emacs_started_tutorial_cn_cp_cf_cb_now/
> Keyboards have arrow keys.  We shouldn't be talking about C-n/C-p in the
> tutorial.

No, nor keys in the first place. I mean, people will just assume that
you use the arrow keys to move the cursor without being asked. This
week, I have sat behind people using Emacs for the first time. Most of
them find the tutorial. Most of them get disheartened at something so
complex that you have to learn special keys to move the cursor. When you

I started a new version of the tutorial a couple of years ago, but have
got stalled. But every year I watch people struggle with this, and it
encourages me to start again.

If anyone would like to collaborate on this, I can push it somewhere --
perhaps an orphan branch on the main Emacs repo.


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