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bug#13686: 24.3.50; Re-look hi-lock-face-defaults (aka Provide more "cor

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: bug#13686: 24.3.50; Re-look hi-lock-face-defaults (aka Provide more "core" faces for highlighting)
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:44:28 +0530

Spun-off from 

Bug pertains to the variables mentioned below.  (CAUTION: Don't look at
the bug, you will be lost)

| (defvar hi-lock-face-defaults
|   '("hi-yellow" "hi-pink" "hi-green" "hi-blue" "hi-black-b"
|     "hi-blue-b" "hi-red-b" "hi-green-b" "hi-black-hb")
|   "Default faces for hi-lock interactive functions.")

| (defface hi-yellow
|   '((((min-colors 88) (background dark))
|      (:background "yellow1" :foreground "black"))
|     (((background dark)) (:background "yellow" :foreground "black"))
|     (((min-colors 88)) (:background "yellow1"))
|     (t (:background "yellow")))
|   "Default face for hi-lock mode."
|   :group 'hi-lock-faces)

Proposal in Elisp

My proposals amounted to this patch and 


A variation of above changes from my .emacs.  (WARNING: May contain
irrelevant bits.  Reader discretion advised.)

| (defface hi-lock-1
|   '((t (:background "#ffff00" :foreground "black")))
|   "Face for hi-lock mode."
|   :group 'hi-lock-faces)
| (defface hi-lock-2
|   '((t (:background "#00ff7f" :foreground "black")))
|   "Face for hi-lock mode."
|   :group 'hi-lock-faces)
| (setq hi-lock-face-defaults
|       (mapcar 'face-name
|             '(hi-lock-1 hi-lock-2 hi-lock-3 hi-lock-4 hi-lock-5 hi-lock-6
|                         hi-lock-7 hi-lock-8 hi-lock-9 )))
| (custom-set-variables 
|  '(hi-lock-faces 
|    (quote (hi-lock-1 hi-lock-2 hi-lock-3 hi-lock-4 hi-lock-5
|                    hi-lock-6 hi-lock-7 hi-lock-8 hi-lock-9))))

Various voices (Stefan, Jambu, Drew)

| 1) Review the face names used in `hi-lock-face-defaults' and make the
|    faces customizable.  The defaults may not look good on a user's his
|    own font-lock configuration.

| > > -(defface hi-yellow
| > > +(defface hi-lock-1
| > 
| > I'm not sure it's an improvement.  When choosing a face in
| > hi-lock-face-buffer, "hi-lock-1" doesn't speak much to me contrary to
| > "hi-yellow".
| Not specifically related to this face, but it is a bad idea, in general (no
| doubt there are exceptions), for a face name to advertize particular face
| attributes, such as the color.
| The color is presumably something that the user can customize, and is 
| not something that speaks to the use or meaning of the face.

| I think the real issue here is that hi-lock should have a customizable
| set of faces rather than a set of customizable faces.
| So if the user doesn't like hi-yellow (which should be called
| hi-lock-yellow, BTW) because she never highlights in yellow, she can
| replace it with her own face with the name she likes.

| 1. I want the name to be opaque and semantic.
| 2. I also want a pre-defined set of faces for highlighting apart from
|    the one "core" highlight face.  I think there are 9 hi-* faces and
|    these numbers are good enough.
|    Think of them as extra colors in my palette.
|    Having a set of highlighting faces will help in theming.  For
|    example, consider finding file in ido-mode.  When I do C-x C-f, I see
|    various faces - the minibuffer prompt, ido-first-match, ido-subdir,
|    ido-indicator all occurring /next/ to each other.  If there are
|    hi-lock-N faces, chosen by a theme designed, one can simply have ido
|    faces inherit from these themed faces.  It is much cleaner.
|    Remember choosing faces that can co-exist in buffer without much
|    trouble to eyes is challenging task - one needs to balance harmony
|    and contrast.  A theme designer is likely to work with a palette and
|    can go with color-picking techniques like triad, tetrad schemes.  See
|         http://colorschemedesigner.com/
|         http://www.w3.org/wiki/Colour_theory
|         http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/agave
|    Triad and tetrads apparently are colors that are 120 and 90 degrees
|    apart in the color wheel.  So if there are N highlighting faces, they
|    can be spaced 360/N degree apart in a color wheeel.
|    Drew's reasoning that it is the N-th highlighting face in a sequence.
| 3. Configuring an yellow face in red is a bit ugly.  It is declaring a
|    variable name FALSE that is assigned a variable value true.
| >> Just why would you prefer a "customizable set of faces" over a "set of
| >> customizable faces"?  And how does that relate to the names?
| >
| > Because the user can then choose the names that make sense to her.
| While reading a face name from minibuffer, if the face name itself is
| highlighted in that face - think rainbow mode - then the name of the
| face shouldn't matter.
| What you are asking for is a constant face whose properties don't change
| at all.  One can have an elpa packages which provides constant faces,
| that are immediately useful.

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
 of 2013-02-11 on debian-6.05
Bzr revision: 111730 address@hidden
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.10707000
System Description:     Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 (squeeze)

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