There were a lot of good solutions to this challenge. I thought the interesting part would be switching the character entries in the table. If you are just before the first character pair vector, you can do that in 5 keystrokes with
|【F3】||start keyboard macro|
|【Meta+f】||forward to just after A|
|【Meta+0】||for the whole table…|
|【F4】||…execute the macro|
It turns out, however, that the rest of the problem—what I thought of as “grunt work”—has some lessons to teach us too. Fuco has a nice trick for transposing “latin” and “gothic”: he makes use of the fact that a 0 argument to transpose words will transpose the words at or after the point and mark. I vaguely knew that but had never seen it used. Fuco also has a solution using
multiple-cursors that solves the challenge in 22 keystrokes. In both solutions he makes use of his smartparens package. I’m not currently using it but it looks pretty nice so I’m going to look into it a bit more.
Xah Lee has a solution using
query-replace-regexp that gets it done in 18 keystrokes using some of the customizations to his
Lee has sent me another proposed challenge, which I’ll post in a bit, but we shouldn’t make him do all the work or have all the fun. If you enjoy working on EmacsGolf challenges, please send your own challenges to
challenges at the domain of this blog.