Re: [gtk-list] Re: vi bindings for text widgets
- From: "Duane J" <duane_ hotmail com>
- To: gtk-list redhat com
- Subject: Re: [gtk-list] Re: vi bindings for text widgets
- Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 08:39:09 PDT
> what i really hate on X and various X widgets on linux is the fact
> one can't do almost anything without mouse. and i hate to use mouse,
> because it slows down my typing and all. i'd go nuts if i had to take
> mouse in my hand, move some screens away, select the line i want to
> put it in the buffer, move back and paste it. with vim i can do it
> easily: i type only the beginning of the line and press <C-X> and
> and the whole line matching the beginning is pasted here. now tell me,
> what's faster?
I'm new to the GTK environment, but I'd like to add my comments here.
I think we need to remember that this IS a GUI -- a GRAPHICAL user
interface. To me, that means that all possible functions should be
available to the user in a graphical format -- such as menus, pop-ups
and tool bars. I do, however, agree with you in that the keyboard is
faster. My problem is that there are so many "short-cuts" to learn in
so many different environments (windows, vi, emacs, nedit etc.) that I
soon get frustrated. The solution, I believe, is to make all functions
available in the GUI -- AND ALWAYS LIST THE KEY BINDINGS BESIDE THEM!
Windows only does this in a limited way, which is often frustrating for
those who know what they're doing. Vi never does it. Emacs has a
fairly good compromise, but it's still not perfect.
As long as I can see the available functions, and the shortcuts
beside them, I can learn quickly. And whether I'm a beginner or an
expert, there would always be a way for me to access the functions I
>> Time to forget Vi and Emacs and move to Nedit, gedit and other modern
One thing I like about the Linux development is the best option
almost always wins :) The best option here may be to support all of
them, but one at a time. Make it an rc file choice.
Programmer / Analyst
Betach Systems Inc.
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