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31.3 What You Lose When You Use map!

Back in the old days (when bread cost five cents and my grandfather was just a boy...) a terminal's arrow keys didn't work during vi text-input mode. To move around in the file, you pressed ESC and used command-mode commands like 5k and 4w. Since then, lots of vendors and users have modified vi so that you can use arrow keys during text-input mode. In fact, we show you how to do it yourself in articles 31.2 and 31.13. These days, lots of folks think the newfangled way that vi works is the right way. Here are some reasons to leave the arrow keys alone and do it the old way instead:

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