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Re: MS-DOS color issues

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: MS-DOS color issues
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 18:32:12 GMT

address@hidden (Eli Zaretskii) writes:
> As a rule of thumb, I really suggest to use the light background mode on 
> MS-DOS and TTYs.  Not only are the colors generally better thought out, 

I beg to disagree.

When I occasionally use a white background for testing purposes, I'm
often rather amazed how _poorly_ thought out some the common faces are,
especially the font-lock faces used in programming modes, of which many
are so light that they tend to get lost against a bright white
background.  One of the worst offenders -- the almost invisible region
face -- was thankfully changed in 21.1.

Because it is the default on X, there is a historical bias in favor of
using a white background, so some rarely used faces may be ill-suited
for a dark-background (e.g. set a background color that assumes the
foreground is black), and lack a dark-background variant, but these are
bugs, so please report them.

> but you have moe colors that look pleasantly on a light background than 
> on a dark one.

It's clearly a matter of opinion, but I think the simple bright colors
available on most TTYs actually look substantially better when viewed
against a black background, as the bright colors tend wash out against a
white background.  This is especially true if you are used to using a
black-background terminal (and I suspect most MS-DOS users are, or at
least that was the case back when I used MS-DOS).

Your mileage may vary, etc, etc.

o The existentialist, not having a pillow, goes everywhere with the book by
  Sullivan, _I am going to spit on your graves_.

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