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Emacs just has shortcuts for everything and as such a given shortcut can take a few key presses. Vim has modes which reduce keys for given tasks because it's usually just one key. But then you have to switch between modes a lot. It's all very well speculating which of the two is more efficient, or giving our personal experience, but I am wondering if anyone has made a proper statistical study, given some text/code editing tasks to perform, how many key presses it takes to perform the task in Emacs and Vim. If anyone has spare time to kill, that might be a cool project to do. You could include other editors.

(May I encourage you to downvote the inevitable hilarious jokes that will follow mentioning of an editor.)

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This keystroke counting from vim/emacs users is turning into a crazy obsession. Downvoting for being a useless question. – Rook Sep 7 '09 at 22:08
Useless to whom? – Christopher Done Sep 7 '09 at 22:13
To everyone. – Rook Sep 7 '09 at 22:50
Meh! Just another version of the Emacs-vs-Vi death match. In anycase, both are highly customizable, so whose versions do you propose to compare? – dmckee Sep 7 '09 at 22:53
Yeah, why pollute a good holy war with facts? Sheesh. – David Mackintosh Sep 8 '09 at 2:25
up vote 1 down vote accepted

so .. just lets say "no" :)

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