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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by Anachronda on Mon 12th Mar 2012 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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You can also use Ctrl-[ as an ESC equivalent.

Unless you're using a Televideo 950. On that terminal, [ and ] are on the same key. Ctrl-[ will send Ctrl-], regardless of shift.

Not that I'm bitter or anything...

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