[TxMt] Light Text/Black Background?!?

David Lee david at davelee.com.au
Wed Apr 6 09:02:28 UTC 2005

to my mind it depends on the ambient light a lot as well. Dark b/g 
seems to make a lot more sense late at night ..

I'd sooner code in red on blue than on a crt though.


On 06/04/2005, at 6:52 PM, Mats Persson wrote:

> On 5 Apr 2005, at 23:22, Ben Jackson wrote:
>> Don't know why I hadn't considered this before... my partner looked 
>> at my screen today while I was coding some JS and said "Are you 
>> crazy? You're going to ruin your eyes with that!" I did some cursory 
>> research (read: Google) and found conflicting opinions on the 
>> subject... but most seem to agree that black ground/light text is 
>> VERY bad for eyestrain.
> Hmm, interesting. I personally find it easier on and less tiring for 
> my eyes with a dark-ish background, but perhaps that is harmful anyway 
> ? However, something that we might not consider enough is the quality 
> of the screen we are working on. I recently switched from a 4 year old 
> 19" PC screen to an iMac G5 and the quality difference between them 
> was truly *frightening* !! So, I've probably already screwed up my 
> eyesight during those 4 years.
>> Taking this under consideration, I'd like to change the defaults for 
>> the JS bundle, but the prefs only allow for changing the defaults. 
>> How can I do this, ... ?
> Before I tell you how to do it, please consider that sometime soon (?) 
> Allan will release 1.1b6 which will give you the end user much better 
> control of your syntax highlighting through a style sheet like 
> scenario. (much discussed in the archive)
> IF you can't wait for b6 then you have two options:
> 1. Have a look at the JavaScript (PHP) version - part of the 
> PHP.tmbundle up on the SVN repos. It's more muted in contrast and 
> colours and is in my humble opinion better than the default JS 
> version. (A slightly reworked version of the JS (PHP) version will 
> most likely replace the default JS version after b6 anyway)
> 2.	Open up the JavaScript.tmbundle/Syntaxes/JavaScript.plist either in 
> ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/ or else inside the 
> TextMate.app/Contents/SharedSupport/Bundles/
> and then change the following to the colours you'd like/prefer:
> 	foregroundColor = "#dddddd";
> 	backgroundColor = "#111111";
> Hope that will help you.
> Kind regards,
> Mats
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