How many colors are too many colors for Windows Terminal?

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    I really wish Microsoft would stop wasting time on pointless stuff like this. Windows Terminal was sorely needed, but it's now (and has been for 1-2 year) good enough for daily use, and much better than Console Host.

    What Microsoft really needs to focus on is PowerShell. PowerShell can't even do basic stuff like piping right, something Bash has been able to do since the 90s:

    https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/issues/1908

  • sixel-tmux

    sixel-tmux is a fork of tmux, with just one goal: having the most reliable support of graphics

    I find the comments here a bit sad: some say it's "pointless stuff" and Microsoft should now stop working on WT as it's "good enough", others say "8, maybe 16 distinct colors" are all that's needed.

    No, I just can't agree: I want 24 bit colors in my terminal, I want images, I want alpha blending, I want fonts with advanced attributes...

    Fortunately, there are a few other people like me. We treasure Windows Terminal (and Foot on Wayland) as in 2022 it is one of the rare terminals that is still evolving and adding features.

    Personally, I'm eagerly waiting for Sixel support in WT, until then I suggest https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-tmux to derasterize sixels and show them even in terminals that don't support sixels.

    If you find such things interesting, check https://github.com/dankamongmen/notcurses/issues/1223 and the notcurses project: a great introduction is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4lmMADP1lA

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  • notcurses

    blingful character graphics/TUI library. definitely not curses.

    I find the comments here a bit sad: some say it's "pointless stuff" and Microsoft should now stop working on WT as it's "good enough", others say "8, maybe 16 distinct colors" are all that's needed.

    No, I just can't agree: I want 24 bit colors in my terminal, I want images, I want alpha blending, I want fonts with advanced attributes...

    Fortunately, there are a few other people like me. We treasure Windows Terminal (and Foot on Wayland) as in 2022 it is one of the rare terminals that is still evolving and adding features.

    Personally, I'm eagerly waiting for Sixel support in WT, until then I suggest https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-tmux to derasterize sixels and show them even in terminals that don't support sixels.

    If you find such things interesting, check https://github.com/dankamongmen/notcurses/issues/1223 and the notcurses project: a great introduction is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4lmMADP1lA

  • gl-sprite-batch

    a high level "sprite" batch

  • cute_headers

    Collection of cross-platform one-file C/C++ libraries with no dependencies, primarily used for games

    - https://github.com/RandyGaul/cute_headers/blob/master/cute_s...

    It's a simple and relatively straightforward approach that a sufficiently bright programmer would come up in their own while looking at the design constraints though, so overall I find it a bit meaningless to find the ultimate person for the "original idea".

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