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blue on black is unreadable (was Re: Bug#60753: mutt: /etc/Muttrc should not use colors)

On Sun, Mar 19, 2000 at 10:20:30PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Mar 19, wh@blub.net wrote:
>  >The /etc/Muttrc in the mutt package makes a fruit salad of mutt.
> Most people like it.
>  >When using mutt in an xterm, the color bindings in /etc/Muttrc make it
>  >very hard to read mail: 8 different colors on one screen, colored text
>  >on white background in the message but colored text on black background
>  >in the headers, it's just horrible.
> You are doing something wrong, that does not happens with the default
> configuration. I think you have some color lines in your ~/.muttrc.  I
> had to experiment a long time to have settings which works fine both
> in xterms and console, and I'm not going to change the default Muttrc
> without a very good reason.

most of your colour choices are fine, except for the following:

	color header    brightblue default ^Subject:
	color body      brightblue default (http|ftp)://[\-\.\,/%~_:?\#a-zA-Z0-9]+

on xterms/rxvts/powershell/whatever with a black background, it results
in dark blue on black. this fg/bg combination has extremely poor
contrast and is very difficult to read. i.e. the Subject line and URLs
are almost unreadable.

please consider this a wishlist request to change them to cyan or yellow
instead of blue.

in my ~/.muttrc, i've changed this to:

	color header brightyellow black ^Subject:
	color body   cyan         black (http|ftp)://[\-\.\,/%~_:?\#a-zA-Z0-9]+

btw, black backgrounds are better for your eyes - less glare, easier to
get good contrast between foreground and background, and less eyestrain.

lynx has the same problem. hyper links are blue on black, which makes it
very difficult to see where you are going. fixed with:


vim too.  fixed with the folling in ~/.vimrc:

	set background=dark
	hi Comment    term=bold ctermfg=Cyan guifg=Cyan
	hi PreProc    term=underline ctermfg=Cyan guifg=#ff80ff


craig sanders

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