KEYBOARD NERD FILTER: What are some tips for ultra-efficient text manipulation within a document (a la vi's H-J-K-L or Raskin's LEAP idea) in OS X?
January 4, 2012 6:40 PM Subscribe
What are some tips for ultra-efficient text manipulation within a document (a la vi's H-J-K-L or Raskin's LEAP idea) in OS X?
posted by phaedrus441 to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a part-time job where I have to edit a lot of text written by non-native English speakers. This entails rearranging words, changing punctuation and all those other tedious little problems that need fixing.
Currently, I've progressed to the point where I rarely use the mouse to move around in the Word documents I'm given, and now I don't even used the normal arrow keys. KeyRemap4MacBook allows for holding the 's' and 'd' keys simultaneously to turn on H-J-K-L cursor movement like in vi. Combine that with holding 'option' for skipping a word, 'command' for moving to the beginning/end of a line and 'shift' to highlight text for cutting/copying and I'm fairly quick at getting things done.
But imagine how this works: I want to highlight the next 3 words to 'cut' them, so I must hold 's'+'d'+'shift'+'option' (4 KEYS!) and then tap the 'l' key three times. I assure you this is faster than having to take my hand off the keyboard and use a mouse or the arrow keys, but isn't there an even faster way?
I know many of you reading this are not the übergeeky types that don't like having to remove your fingers from the home row, but for those of you who are, what do you do?
I'm vaguely aware of Jef Raskin's idea of using a LEAP key to quickly move inside of text, but don't know if that's ever been picked up as a viable option.
So, any other ideas? Any other tips?