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Apr

VI manual pages

A few days ago, we were trying to explain to a MS-DOS user
how the VI editor works. Heres what we come up with:

Vi is an editor with two distinguished modes:

In Edit mode you have all the capabilities of grandmas
typewriter right under your finger tips! You can make the
very same mistakes as you did with grannys typewriter
(and your possibilities to correct them are about the same).

Thats why Vi was provided with a second mode, namely the
_Beep_ mode. On a vt100 terminal or compatible you can
get into Beep mode by pressing an arrow or escape function
key. In this powerful Beep mode even the more innocuous
keystroke will promptly produce a Beep sound. As an example,
arrows, return, blank spaces and most capital letters will
produce beeps in the most arbitrary places of the screen.
Just think about the whole world of possibilities that
this mode gives to you:

–Compose a monotonic symphony or rap while editing your
thesis!

–Send messages in Morse code to the secretary next door!

–Keep yourself awake with the clear sound of the Beep tone!

The variations are endless.

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