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dark or light background for programming?

Dark
17 (29.3%)
light
33 (56.9%)
I alternate
4 (6.9%)
I spend hours configuring my editor colors and change them with moon cycles
3 (5.2%)
What's a text editor?
1 (1.7%)

Total Members Voted: 58

Last post Author Topic: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?  (Read 14664 times)

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2008, 06:33:36 PM »
I've always used the default colors for all my programs, which happens to normally be dark on light.
But I do want to try out the light on dark scheme sometime.

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2008, 01:33:21 PM »
The theme I'm showing in my screenshot is the one I've been using for the last year or so, and it has served me very well so far :)

What editor is that; I don't recognize it...

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2008, 02:13:44 PM »
The theme I'm showing in my screenshot is the one I've been using for the last year or so, and it has served me very well so far :)

What editor is that; I don't recognize it...

It's a fairly new (out of beta some months ago) editor called E. Great editor for my use :)
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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2008, 06:09:08 PM »
Thanks!  I actually already had a link to that editor, but had never gotten around to it.  I guess now I will!  Though truthfully, I don't need more editors (or software!) to try... I might need to borrow your avatar! LOL!

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2008, 05:09:45 PM »
Light, on Windows / Mac, let's say in any GUI environment.
In the DOS days, it was light gray (that is, dark white) on blue.

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2008, 12:01:25 AM »
I tested out the light yellow color as a background, and I have to say it is nice improvement over the standard white.  thanks for the suggestion!  for some reason I've never really liked a dark background.

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2008, 01:07:12 AM »
I usually use the editor default [colors], and If I'm lucky enough to config colors I ... hey wait I don't.

When I was trying out E I noticed the default (iirc) color scheme was black bg and different colors (or perhaps I changed to this one..). At first it was unusual, but then after trying it for a while I realized it makes editing files so much easier (very much like to do with the syntax hi-lighting), for example you go to edit a .ini file in E, it's so easy to tell sections and variables from stuff you don't need to concern your self with.. So I think colors definitely help if set up correctly :)

So.. some people use dark and light, or light on dark. I myself haven't joined any side yet :P

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2008, 06:30:21 PM »
Dark colored text with a white background for text editing definitely. However I also work at the command prompt extensively and can not function if it is not the (default) Exact opposite, white/gray text on black background. Which (as I think of it now...) doesn't make a damn bit of sense.

Anybody else share that hangup?

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2008, 06:38:41 PM »
I still think it was a mistake moving to black-on-white as a default, there's even a noticeable difference in CRT monitor power consumption... although it's not as much as some people claim, just a few Watts on my old 19" samsung.
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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2008, 06:58:10 PM »
I still think it was a mistake moving to black-on-white as a default, there's even a noticeable difference in CRT monitor power consumption... although it's not as much as some people claim, just a few Watts on my old 19" samsung.

Simple economics I suspect. In the DOS days computers were (had a) dark, ominous, and threatening interface that required cryptic commands that confused "normal" people. So MonkeySwift had to come up with a lighter (hearted looking), brighter, friendlier user interface that would lure folks out of (or into depending on you perspective...) the "shadows" to try this new, unique, and graphical ... way to play solitare... *Sigh*

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Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2008, 01:46:49 PM »
Using the most awesome Boxer Text Editor with colors as orginally* intended.

boxerscrn.jpgDo you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming?



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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2008, 03:18:14 PM »
 :)... and  don't use blinking text anymore now that I've replaced my Hercules graphics card.