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Re: About the :distant-foreground face attribute

From: David Engster
Subject: Re: About the :distant-foreground face attribute
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:22:40 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii writes:
> The solution should be able to cope with the need to dynamically
> decide which color is used as a foreground, based on the current
> background.  It also needs to support the possibility that a face will
> want to force use of a specific fixed foreground color, regardless of
> the background.  (Jan, did I miss some additional requirements?)  If
> you can propose a cleaner solution that satisfies these requirements,
> please do, and let's discuss that.

I still wonder why it is necessary in the first place.

>From my experience, editors usually simply drop font-lock when you mark
text (at least Eclipse does that, and in gvim it seems to be
configurable), and I think that is a good default. When you mark a
region, you want to apply some kind of operation on it, after which the
region will be gone and font lock is restored.

If you really really want font-lock on a marked region, then you will
have to choose a region background which will play well with your color
theme. Introducing a new face attribute for such a small annoyance looks
like overkill to me.

However, I also don't feel very strong about this issue.


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