<slightly OT> Linux Counter updated!!

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 00:52:49 UTC 2011

On 23 September 2011 19:38, Cybe R. Wizard <cyber_wizard at mindspring.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:39:35 +0100
> Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I can't get my head around EMACS - because however
>> wonderful and powerful it might be, it doesn't use the basic control
>> keys that have been around for 25y now.
> Ah, but EMACS and its shortcut keys predate that 25 years by another 10
> years (initial EMACS release was in 1976).  Why doesn't everything use
> the older EMACS bindings?

Oh, absolutely, yes - and a good catch. :¬D

You're right. And a few things either do use Emacs keys or are based
on Emacs - like, I believe, the late lamented Borland Sprint word

But CUA was intended as a standard and it has caught on.

In the 1980s and early 1990s I learned /dozens/ of sets of key
bindings. I was a master of WordStar 3, 4, 5, 2000 & Express,
WordPerfect, LocoScript, DisplayWrite, MultiMate, Word for DOS, Word
for Mac, Word for Windows, WriteNow, Nisus, The Last Word, Tasword,
Pc-Write, XYWrite, Samna Word Pro and I am sure more that I forget.

But since then, since Windows 3, /everyone/ has adopted the CUA keys.
They are /the/ standard now.

So, I'm sorry, but frankly, it's time the grand old man of text
editors conformed too.


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