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136228Re: mapping a substitute for the Esc key?

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  • Erik Christiansen
    Feb 18, 2013
      On Feb 18, 2013, at 4:54 PM, Steve Litt <slitt@...> wrote:
      > Question for all of you: What's your favorite substitute for Esc,
      > whether a keystroke, key combination, or key sequence?

      The tiny and distant Esc key on laptops quickly forced me to find
      something better, primarily for vim, but necessarily consistent for
      _all_ applications, so that muscle memory can be relied upon, whatever
      you're doing. So I just changed the CapsLock key to Esc:

      Added to ~/.Xmodmap:

      keycode 0x42 = Escape
      clear Lock # Disable Caps-Lock

      I'm still using the cursor keys for motion, despite decades as a
      programmer, and have been happy with that Esc on laptops and desktops
      for years now.


      Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but
      coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
      - Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar

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