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Re: "modern" colors Re: Changes for emacs 28

From: TEC
Subject: Re: "modern" colors Re: Changes for emacs 28
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:49:36 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 1.4.13; emacs 27.1

Alfred M. Szmidt <ams@gnu.org> writes:

> Thank you, but I am not entierly sure what I am looking at -- the
> Emacs you are showing is not from 1985.  What does the percentage
> mean?

Ah yes, a bit remiss of me not to state the format for my lablings:

 Editor --- Year of initial release (Stackoverflow 2019 survey, editor 
 Screenshot of editor with default theme (trying for current)

> All of those look similar to me, other than black/light background
> when it comes to color selection.  There is I think very little
> commonality between the edtiors in general in what they show.

There are indeed many commonalities. However there are a few that Emacs
doesn't share --- namely: dark default, bluey tones, line numbers, and a
status bar that matches the background (in terms of background colour).
Hmm, and also iconography on the status bar.

> This doesn't seem to be a default Emacs screenshot?  The menu-bar is
> different.

For that I ran emacs -Q and took a screenshot.

>    I did some basic analysis with R (the language is a pain, but it's well
>    suited for quick stuff like this).
>    * Basic editor theme comparison
> Emacs doeesn't seem to be listed?

No, as I took your question to be "what are other editors doing?".
Is this correct?

> All the modes you show are programming modes, Emacs is more often than
> not used in other context so things like line-number-mode do not make
> much sense, like in the splash screen.
> Emacs doesn't treat everything as a nail.

Indeed! I love how Emacs now serves me as a common interface to a
variety of tasks, but the most frequent of those is as a code editor,
and I imagine it's code editing that brings most people to Emacs.

The only equivalent application to Emacs is ... Emacs (AFAIK), which
isn't terribly helpful for comparing and contrasting visual styles :P

I hope that helps,


p.s. for another weighting, I could also ask some friends (Under-25,
non-Emacsers) to rank these sample screenshots by aesthetic appeal. Just
a thought.

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