[TxMt] Italics in syntax bundles

Jeroen van der Ham jeroen at je-ju.net
Tue Nov 23 13:23:04 UTC 2004

On 23-11-2004 14:10, Allan Odgaard wrote:
> On Nov 23, 2004, at 10:59, Jeroen wrote:
>> My experience is that italics in most fixed-width fonts does not look 
>> that good and is bad for readability.
> That's probably w/o anti-alias?

Indeed, I don't like anti-alias at all, because it makes all the letters 
look smudgy.

>> The other thing is that the italics is mostly superfluous: the aim is 
>> to differentiate text from surrounding text and most of the time, this 
>> is already achieved by using a different colour and using italics as 
>> well does not really help.
> Except for people with low color perception or color-blindness.

Ah yes, I forgot about that. But turning this on only for that small 
group seems a bit odd, that is, if I'm not the only with this opinion 
about text-decoration.

>> How do other users feel about this? And does anyone else have tips for 
>> increasing usability of syntax highlight bundles?
> More contrast!!! More style-change (i.e. bold/italic/underline)!!!
> Personally I do have very low color perception, so for me the styles is 
> the main cue, which is also why the default (Objective-)C(++) files had 
> a light grey background which allowed for both black and white text :)

heh :) I'm not against more contrast, I just don't really like the way 
italics looks on screen.
But using bold or underline is fine with me.


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