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RE: [External] : Re: POLL: make C-x o transient

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: [External] : Re: POLL: make C-x o transient
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 18:37:17 +0000

> > Agreed.  We should bind a _repeatable_ version
> > of `other-window' to `C-x o'.
> I personally find even one C-x o to be an annoyance.  So I've bound
> other-window to F12.  (My other Fn keys are for switching to frame Fn.)

Exactly.  Easy to do, for anyone.

But does Emacs itself need to sacrifice a
repeatable key for that?  We already have `C-x o'.

> I think most repeated commands are going to be
> repeated a small number of times, like once, or
> possibly twice.

That's a different topic (though I realize you
were thinking of it in this context).  For that
general topic, I think no, not so.  Repetition
of a command by holding a key is variable -
depends on the command.  There are some commands
for which multiple, even many, repetitions are
not uncommon.

Those are "incremental" commands, such as cursor
motion or moving something other than the cursor.
Think of repeated `C-n', `C-s', or even `C-x C--',
for example.

(And yes, in such cases, at least for text, there
are often other, coarser-grained or structural
commands, which can be used instead.  But many
users nevertheless persist in leaning on a key.)

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