Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Themes for GUI elements

Windows and menus have now color themes which are versions of graphics replaced by color of that theme. It's such a simple idea, but something I should have done much earlier. The nice thing about it is not only that you can adjust colors to match them better with other graphics etc. but the way things like highlight bars and background erasing is using colors of the theme. When it's automatic you don't have to set up those colors somewhere else, just to notice when you change the color of window you have to change those colors as well.

Font colors are not defined in the theme (at least not yet) except for title fonts which now also have theme colors. Usually the text is simply displayed over the window graphics, it's not a part of the window, but in menus the text is in a list of items and in that color could be used for text as well. I'm probably not going to create a rigid theme based font colors, because it's easy enough to do that manually and also you are not limited to color set of the theme which may be a good thing sometimes.

Lately I've been working quite long days which is quite different than it used to be. I don't know what happened to me, but now I have to limit the amount of time for programming, because it may be too much, at least in the long run.

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