Commit e40d98b2 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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(User Input): Explain why we teach keyboard cmds.

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GNU Emacs uses an extension of the @acronym{ASCII} character set for keyboard
input; it also accepts non-character input events including function
keys and mouse button actions.
GNU Emacs is designed for use with keyboard commands because that is
the most efficient way to edit. You can do editing with the mouse, as
in other editors, and you can give commands with the menu bar and tool
bar, and scroll with the scroll bar. But if you keep on editing that
way, you won't get the benefits of Emacs. Therefore, this manual
documents primarily how to edit with the keyboard. You can practice
using the keyboard by using the shell command @samp{emacs -nw} to
start Emacs.
Emacs uses an extension of the @acronym{ASCII} character set for
keyboard input; it also accepts non-character input events including
function keys and mouse button actions.
@acronym{ASCII} consists of 128 character codes. Some of these codes are
assigned graphic symbols such as @samp{a} and @samp{=}; the rest are
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