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 DOSguy on Sat 10th Mar 2012 01:21 UTC in reply to "..."
DOSguy
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So Vim is an example of out dated hardware model enforced in the new one? Good job.


So what are you saying? Using hjkl worked fine in those days, but now that we have dedicated arrow keys it doesn't work anymore?

Byt the way, Vim doesn't enforce it; if you would like the arrow keys, you can... One could only argue that is not the vi way to navigate, though.

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