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Re: Some developement questions

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Some developement questions
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2018 02:07:02 -0400

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  > I'm fine with encouraging people to learn these movement keys, but how
  > do the available movement keys give beginners good reasons to use Emacs,
  > and how do they make using it better for them?

For the second question, they make cursor motion faster.
The fact that it can be faster is a reason to use Emacs
but I won't claim that reason is visible to people thinking
about using Emacs.

  > Tutorials which take this into account more strongly might be more
  > encouraging to use Emacs in the first place, and then beginners might
  > want to learn the special movement keys.

That approach might be good, but what can we do to encourage them to
learn the cursor-motion commands later on?

  > BTW, I still don't see how anyone could move around efficiently when it
  > requires to press ESC.  Does it require a special keyboard?

Nowadays, essentially all keyboards have an Alt key, so one never needs
to use ESC for cursor motion.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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