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[3]: I love vim
by raboof on Sun 11th Mar 2012 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I love vim"
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the elegance of vim is that it works perfectly over 9600 baud modem ;) The bandwith of sending over couple of one-char commands does not kill the modem.

'telnet/ssh into the server and edit with vim' used to be a good idea when connections had low bandwidth but were otherwise fairly reliable.

Nowadays, it seems to me bandwidth is not much of an issue anymore, and the problem is unpredictable latencies, especially on mobile/wireless networks. The model of 'fetch the complete document, edit it locally, and sync it back' seems to fit that context much better.

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