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bug#7771: 23.1; can't turn off font-lock-mode globally

From: K. Richard Pixley
Subject: bug#7771: 23.1; can't turn off font-lock-mode globally
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:14:22 -0800
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-US; rv: Gecko/20101207 Lightning/1.0b2 Thunderbird/3.1.7

On 20110103 14:04, Lennart Borgman wrote:
On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM, K. Richard Pixley<address@hidden>  wrote:
On 20110103 13:02, Lennart Borgman wrote:
I have no complaint or problem with dimmed or bolded.  Dimmed certainly
could become illegible if it were sufficiently dim, but it seems to be fine
in most cases.  Unlike, say, dim yellow text on off white background which
is essentially invisible.  Or red on green background or yellow on blue, (or
vice verse), which are completely invisible.

Most programmers aren't color experts.  They just slap up what seem like
contrasting colors to them without much thought to subjective experience,
(color blindness, cognitive variance, environmental factors like X11
themeing), color set themeing, look-and-feel coordination, pleasing
presentation, etc.

Thunderbird uses color and I find their use of color constructive.

It's low/no contrast color and "bad" use of color to which I object, (and
95% of color uses are "bad", ime).

I want the "bad" color to go away.  And that seems to be primarily font-lock
Then perhaps the best solution would rather be a color theme adjusted
to your needs? I mean in case that is possible to figure out on a more
general level. Since you say that thunderbird seems to have done that
it looks possible to me.
Part of my point here is that creating a color theme that is sufficiently general is beyond the scope of most programmers. Making "bad" color the default is a poor choice if it can be turned off but it's a horrendous choice if it cannot.

Certainly, a professionally color themed emacs by a color expert might be a better choice. However, most of us are programmers, not color experts. Turning the functionality off should be within our scope while creating expert color themes probably isn't.

I mean no offense to anyone in particular, but even if we held a contest for best color theme, selected the top dozen or so to go into emacs as available alternatives, there would still be people who didn't like any of the available options or who simply don't like color coding. For them, the best UI would be an option to "turn color coding off" rather than to create a set of monochrome color themes.


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