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Re: Proposal: Windows Control Panel Colors

From: Michael Mauger
Subject: Re: Proposal: Windows Control Panel Colors
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 14:33:00 -0700 (PDT)

--- Jason Rumney <address@hidden> wrote:
> Michael Mauger <address@hidden> writes:
> > My original implementation didn't add the colors to the
> `w32-color-map'
> > --instead it translated the color name to a COLORREF in
> `x_to_w32_color'
> > and handled the Gradient colors specially by falling back to the base
> > title colors.  The current implementation could be modified to add
> the
> > two Gradient colors to the color map if they don't exist in the
> Registry.
> > 
> > The other option would be to just default `mode-line' and
> > `mode-line-inactive' to use `W32ActiveTitle' and `W32InactiveTitle'
> as
> > background colors respectively.  I don't think that this looks as
> good
> > when the Gradient colors are available.  But that is purely
> subjective...
> Having looked at your screenshots, I don't think the titlebar colors
> (especially gradient ones, which can be low contrast compared with the
> title font color) are suited for the modeline. The modeline is more
> analogous to the status area of Windows applications than a title bar.
> It may be better to leave it as now, or maybe use W32Menu for active
> modeline and calculate some intermediate value between the active
> modeline color and background color for inactive modelines.

I don't entirely agree, since the mode-line does contain the only
identifying information about the window (granted, with lots 
of status info as well).  I guess the issue is far more subjective 
than I thought.  I'm probably more aware of the color issues 
because my Win98 machine has its desktop theme changed frequently
(my kids love finding new colors and fonts for the window chrome). 

Can we get agreement on the first part of the patch (i.e., loading
the Windows control panel colors onto `w32-color-map') and leave 
the second portion of the patch (i.e., mapping specific faces to 
use the the control panel colors) off?  That way, those of us who
wish to use the control panel colors can, by customizing the faces, 
but the current defaults can stand.

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