Reducing tab size

H. Bons H.Bons at
Fri Aug 3 09:20:30 EDT 2007

That's true, but red and green are already used. I think 
if we are careful with the red and green (for color blind 
people), but I'm sure someting can be figured out.
Let me ajust the proposal:

Bold Font          New message
Green              Back

Underline(?)          Typing

Italic Font        Offline
Red Italic         Busy
Blue Italic        Away

On Fri, 3 Aug 2007 07:53:27 -0400
  Luke Schierer <lschiere at> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 12:17:03PM +0200, Hylke Bons 
>> 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.
>> Color            
>> Change 
>>                                                      Already 
>> Pidgin
>> -------------+------------------------------------------------------+-----------
>> Black            No changes in status 
>>                                     X
>> Green           Back from away/idle 
>> Red               Busy
>> Blue              Gone away
>> Gray              Gone
>> offline/idle 
>>                                            X
>> Purple          
>> 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
>> Hylke
> The problem with using colors is that it is hard to 
>ensure that the
> colors chosen show up for 1)color blind people 
> 2)against all, or even a
> majority, of GTK+ themes.   That's why I prefer text 
> Somewhere in this thread someone proposed strike through 
>for offline.  I
> prefer that to italicized.
> luke
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