that made my day. Thank you.
and lots thanks to David and Matt who took it much further than i
could have, especially in the actually elisp code.
On Jun 4, 8:22 am, Paul Michael Reilly <p...@pajato.com
> After some 30 years of using Emacs constantly, I recently switched from
> using Microsoft keyboards (of various sorts) to using Apple keyboards.
> Needless to say, Emacs Pinky arose and I found myself consuming most all
> of what Xah Lee has written in the area of using Emacs ergonomically with
> Apple keyboards. Most impressive material.
> Being a bleeding edge Emacs User (and occasional developer, although it
> embarrasses me to think about how long it has been since I made any
> substantial contributions), I use the development nightly builds as a
> matter of course. So when I bit the bullet and installed ErgoEmacs, my
> instance blew up (in that nothing worked as expected) and I decided to back
> off a bit from going whole hog. [Mea culpa, but I did not have the time to
> debug the problems. At least not yet.]
> To make a long story shorter, I embraced the notion of remapping keys to
> use the recommended ErgoEmacs layout, but tried to shortcut the process by
> turning "caps lock" into a "menu" key and creating key sequences that were
> productive for me; remapping the "control" key to "command", the "option"
> keys to "control" and the "command" keys to "option". But I did not take
> the pains of programmatically changing the key bindings for other packages
> (like org-mode) so I quickly ran into hassles.
> To resolve the issue of other package interference with the ErgoEmacs
> keybindings I used (on Meta), I switched back to using the Mac default
> modifier keys and mapped the ErgoEmacs bindings to the "command" keys via
> One of Xah's best suggestions for me was the notion of "curled thumbs" to
> symmetrically type the Super keys. That has been a huge win, both in
> eliminating Emacs Pinky and improving my typing productivity. Who knew? :-)
> I am still a bit anxious that OS X will intervene on some of my rebindings
> with the "command" key in particular but so far so good.
> In all of this work that I've done, the major factor has been significantly
> reducing the need to use C-<key> and M-<key> chords and instead using
> "menu" key sequences and s-<key> chords.
> Another factor has been standardizing on the short Apple keyboard (the one
> found on recent Apple laptops) which I once hated because of the lack of
> "control" key symmetry. I found that once I started using curled thumbs
> for chords, the short keyboard actually worked quite well for me.
> Especially since I use some half dozen MacBook Air/Pro laptops and Mac
> Mini systems on a regular basis.
> There are probably a few other steps taken that I have forgotten but I
> think this captures most of a positive experience in embracing ErgoEmacs