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I'm looking in to learning emacs or vim. I started out with emacs but found the need for a meta key to be a hassle, especially since I have a non-english keyboard layout on my macbook.

So far I haven't seen any references to meta in vim, so my question is: Can I live without meta in vim?

If so that'll settle the vim vs. emacs question for me, otherwise I'll just have to learn to live with some workaround.

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Curious about this "meta key hassle": on all keyboards I've encountered, one of the modifiers on the left of the space bar has worked as meta key and that seemed convenient enough. – Stefan Mar 29 at 13:32
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There are no internal key bindings that use the meta key in Vim, but—with some caveats—it can be mapped.

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Thanks! Vim it is then! – Erika Mar 10 '11 at 18:57

NB: With vim, mapping to is a real P.I.T.A. With gvim I naver had any troubles.

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