Reducing tab size

Hylke Bons h.bons at
Fri Aug 3 06:17:03 EDT 2007

I'd like to make a proposal for colored text. A good compromise I think.
In some cases this is already used, like "offline" is grey, when someone
is typing the text goes
green, and when somone typed to you it's a blue bold text. I use this a
lot as indicators,
and i can see at a glance when someone has gone offline, so I can
immmediatly close the
tab without having to switch to it first.

Change                                                       Already in
Black            No changes in status                                      X
Green           Back from away/idle                                   
Red               Busy
Blue              Gone away
Gray              Gone
offline/idle                                             X
Typing                                                             X,
was green
Text inbold   Message received/said your name             X, was bold
and red/blue

The colors follow the status icons. Actually there are only 3 additions,
and some colors have
 been moved around to make more sense. The bold can be combined with
more colors, like when someone has come back and messaged you: A green
bold text.
I think this could work


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