An addendum about color schemes in KDevelop

Dominik Haumann dhaumann at
Wed May 18 07:44:06 UTC 2016

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 7:56 PM, René J.V. <rjvbertin at> wrote:
> Made a few on the RR, but when I was asking myself under what circumstances I'd change from using one of my usual colour palettes I got into thinking about a night-time switch. The too evident approach would be a switch that just installs the inverse of all colours, but that's almost guaranteed not to work in most cases. I think most colour choices come in foreground/background pairs.
> If so, wouldn't it be possible to compile a list of pairs that could be swapped to get a workable alternative in situations where your usual/preferred colour scheme "doesn't work" (light scheme in a dark room, dark scheme in bright sunlight with a reflective screen).
> This is a bit uncharted territory for me, hence bringing it up in this discussion. I'm sure people must already have looked into this kind of thing (?)

Sorry, but a coherent appearance is much more than some auto
generated colors / color pairs. And an automatic switch to a night
mode also does not really make sense, since time alone is not
enough as indication for light/dark scheme.

And with respect to your comments on the RR: It's besides the
point. KTextEditor (and with this Kate, KDevelop, ...) has color
schemes, and while auto-deriving from the KDE color scheme is
nice, it still doesn't give us 30 unique and nicely fitted colors that
make a good looking result in the end.

That's why things are how they are.


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