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For those reading this that don't know, it's so your hands stay on the "home row"

[Edit:] or at least that's what I thought, wavetossed's comment below provides interesting insight.

Then wouldn't have 'jkl;' made more sense? (assuming index fingers were placed on 'f' and 'j' back then as well)

Wouldn't jkl; be even better for that? (not saying that hjkl isn't a huge step up form the arrow keys)

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