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  • Really interesting and this inspired me to build my own color scheme that focuses on the control flow and is much less of a rainbow than traditional color schemes. For example, function calls, ifs, returns, ... are all white and bold. The rest of the code is less prominent.

    Often colour schemes can be there "just" to reaffirm the structure of the code. If I ask one of my friend devs "what does green mean in your editor?" they won't know the answer until they look at the code. In my colour scheme you know that white and bold changes the flow of the code and requires more attention.

    Type checking, linters and formatters take care of semantics. Ie. I don't need a string and number colored differently, because type checker will tell me it's not right.

    I already open sourced the treesitter queries that enable the control flow color schemes in neovim: https://github.com/meznaric/nvim-controlflow-queries

    If anyone is interested let me know and I will focus on open sourcing the color scheme this weekend.

  • helix

    A post-modern modal text editor.

  • I could never turn it off completely but I do sometimes use the Acme theme during the day (it's too bright in the evening), which highlights just comments, strings, and errors.

    https://github.com/helix-editor/helix/wiki/Themes#acme

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  • nano-emacs

    GNU Emacs / N Λ N O - Emacs made simple

  • Both points resonate with me, but I'd push back againt the idea that colored syntax highlighting is neccessary for either. I'm thinking of the Pygments 'bw' theme[1], which denotes strings in italics, and nano-emacs[2], which also manages to do.. a lot with a little (at least aesthetically, ie. idk about code volume or corner cases).

    1: https://pygments.org/styles/

    2: https://github.com/rougier/nano-emacs

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