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Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 17:17:20 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (windows-nt)

PT <address@hidden> writes:

> This would include for example keybindings which are familiar for new
> users:
>       F1 for help, F2 for save file, F3 for load file, etc.

Where do these come from? What users would be familiar with them?
In every application I've come across recently, F3 is "next match"
for search operations.

The problem with any suggestion like this, is that the idea of a
single "standard" set of keybindings is mythical. Beyond a few very
basic bindings, there is no genuine standard. People come to Emacs
from any number of inferior text editors, and the way to make them
happy is an emulation mode for the editor they are coming from. We
already have emulation modes for several other text editors, can you
suggest (or better, contribute) other popular ones that are missing?

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