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Re: [PATCH 0/3] Various clean up in preparation for libtextstyle

From: H. S. Teoh
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] Various clean up in preparation for libtextstyle
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:30:24 -0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 09:06:53PM +0100, Akim Demaille wrote:
> I'm exploring the use of libtextstyle to propose diagnostics in color.
> I think it's nice looking on a terminal, but it's quite invasive on
> the code.  Maybe libtextstyle is overkill.  I would appreciate
> comments.

You probably shouldn't pay too much attention to my opinion on this
topic, because I'm clearly an outlier, being an insane person who
deliberately turns *off* syntax highlighting while coding, but I find
color output from terminal programs very distracting. They tend to clash
with whatever background color I set for my terminal, and don't really
help that much anyway. I rather parse through the text directly and
understand exactly what's going on, rather than being distracted by
garish colors splashed everywhere.

I won't oppose using libtextstyle or Bison adopting color diagnostics,
but if it were added I would request a way to turn it off so that it
doesn't give me a headache.  Thanks!  (Though if it's *that* invasive on
the code, if it were up to me, I'd say no. But then I'm not the one
making decisions here, so *shrug*.)


People tell me that I'm paranoid, but they're just out to get me.

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