> Err, in emacs to delete 5 lines i would type: C-u 5 c-k, which isn't 
> much longer than <Escape>5dd :)

it's not the length so much as it's the hand and finger contortions. 
the example in question isn't that bad, but i've had to do worse... 
with vim your hands don't have to travel far from the home row... 
<esc> would of course be typed with ctrl-[

if one is a touch-typist, vim makes you very efficient at editing text...


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