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: Emacs?
by Rugxulo on Sat 10th Mar 2012 18:19 UTC in reply to "Emacs?"
Rugxulo
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2007-10-09

27 comments about vi and nobody brings up Emacs?
What happened to the old war? Is that over now?
Has vi won?


Several years ago, it was said that O'Reilly sold 2x more books about vi than Emacs. And isn't vi in POSIX / OpenGroup / whatever nowadays? And Emacs has VIPER. And news://comp.editors is always about VIM, 10x more than anything else. So yeah, vi "kinda" won, though obviously Emacs is good too (and beats "classic" vi in raw features any day).

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RE[2]: Emacs?
by zima on Fri 16th Mar 2012 23:19 in reply to "RE: Emacs?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Perhaps that just means people tend to have more issues when trying out vi and related ;p

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