Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Mar 2012 19:11 UTC
General Development "I was reading about vim the other day and found out why it used hjkl keys as arrow keys. When Bill Joy created the vi text editor he used the ADM-3A terminal, which had the arrows on hjkl keys, so naturally he reused the same keys." As interesting as that is, John Graham-Cumming goes even further back in history. "The reason that keyboard had those arrows keys on it was because those keys correspond to CTRL-H, J, K, L and the CTRL key back then worked by killing bit 6 (and bit 5) of the characters being typed." Truly fascinating stuff, even though it's from way before my time (I'm from 1984).
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RE[2]: I love vim
by jptros on Sat 10th Mar 2012 02:44 UTC in reply to "RE: I love vim"
jptros
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It's one of those things that's an acquired taste I reckon. I like it personally, I also like plenty of text editors that are more obvious when it comes to exposing functionality. Never the less, vim is a powerful text editor and when it comes to a cli editor being used over a remote shell it's hard to beat. After using it for a while it almost becomes second nature, you do things without even thinking anything more than "I want to do this..." and it happens. Like a motor skill almost.

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