Reducing tab size

Ankit Singla anksingla at
Fri Aug 3 12:59:15 EDT 2007

H. Bons wrote:
> <div class="moz-text-flowed" style="font-family: -moz-fixed">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
I don't think italic should be offline. I would prefer strike-through, I 
think. Italic seems like it should be tied to typing (or as currently 
set, status change). Personally, I'd much prefer the icons, but that's 
not the question here ;) I also think that the text shouldn't be 
decorated *as well as* colored for a non-transient state (i.e. busy/away 
as opposed to typing). At least don't tie italic to a non-transient 
status. Currently italic denotes an "unseen" change of status, so it 
goes away when the tab is switched to. I would expect it to always 
behave as such.
> 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 wrote:
>>> 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 in
>>> 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 decorations.
>> Somewhere in this thread someone proposed strike through for offline.  I
>> prefer that to italicized.
>> luke
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