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Re: Darkening font-lock colors

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: Re: Darkening font-lock colors
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 05:34:20 -0700 (PDT)

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

  > >   > > Given that you are changing faces, how about changing the dark
  > >   > > background, 8 color font-lock-comment-face to "yellow", then we can
  > >   > > obsolete `font-lock-comment-delimiter-face'.
  > >   >
  > >   > Why yellow?
  > >
  > > It has good contrast with the black background and it is only used by
  > > font-lock-variable-face on an 8 color dark background terminal.
  > Then yellow would be good for font-lock-comment-face, but I think
  > font-lock-comment-delimiter should stay in red.

Why?  font-lock-comment-delimiter is a hack.  
And an unnecessary complication.
It was only introduced because the red foreground used on an 8 color
dark background terminal was not readable.
font-lock-comment-delimiter it is currently only used for 8 color dark
background terminals.

The problem is that this is confusing for users: we got many bug reports
about syntax coloring not working because the users saw the body of the
comments not being syntax highlighted.  Distributions (Debian, Ubuntu
and probably others too) patched this out by using red for
font-lock-comment-face, effectively defeating the purpose of why
font-lock-comment-delimiter was introduced.

So I am proposing to simplify this whole thing by removing the reason
for font-lock-comment-delimiter to exist: use a readable yellow
foreground on 8 color dark background terminals.

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