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 Lennie on Sat 10th Mar 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I love vim"
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Yes "an acquired taste" explains it perfectly.

I'm not a fan of vim, vim just seems to large for me. ;-)

I use currently use vim-tiny which on Debian and Ubuntu seems to be the 'default' vi-version right now.

My guess is because the old default which I used before that, nvi, doesn't support Unicode.

I do system administration and any time a server is really busy I just want a small editor start will actually start up in a reasonable amount of time, instead of vim ( which feels to much like emacs in size ;-) )

So in a roundabout way I want to say I'm a vim user too and it is my preferred editor on the commandline and the commandline is what is I prefer over the GUI.

Edited 2012-03-10 11:06 UTC

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