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RE: Grey on Grey is hard to read

From: Bingham, Jay
Subject: RE: Grey on Grey is hard to read
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 14:39:07 -0600


Type C-h a colors <ret>
You will see a list of the commands that have the word color in them.
The first should be list-colors-display.
Also in the list is the method to invoke the command and a description
of the command.  On my system it says to invoke list-colors-display hold
down Control while pressing mouse 2 then select display colors from the
menu that is displayed.  This will show you the colors that are

To set the font and background colors in a mode you need to read about
the mode in the .el file for the mode.  Follow the instructions in it
for setting the colors.  Depending on the mode it could be very easy or
it could be more complex.  It will be easy if the variables for the
colors are defined with a defvar construct.  If they are you can just
copy the defvar statements to your .emacs and change them to the colors
that you want.  When the .el for the mode is loaded the defvars in it
that you have already defined will be ignored.

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 -----Original Message-----
From:   Bruce Korb [] 
Sent:   Wednesday, 05 December, 2001 12:34 p
Subject:        Grey on Grey is hard to read


I need to use color because weaving in doc comments
renders the code unreadable without it.  However, in
C the preprocessing directives are day-glow pink and
strings are grey on a grey background.  I cannot read
it and I cannot fix it.  Apropos "color" yields nothing
at all (of any use) and apropos "font-face" yields
stuff too confusing to deal with.  Similarly, reading
"font-face.el" got me nowhere.  All I want to do is:

1.  Learn what colors are available
2.  set the various syntax colors to values that
    can be read
3.  Change the background color from grey to black or white.


P.S., I've been to the "FAQ", but the word "color" doesn't
appear on the page, either.

Oh, my platform is Sun Solaris on Sparc with emacs 20.7

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