Default appearance of tags in Author mode is too intrusive

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Graham Hannington
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Default appearance of tags in Author mode is too intrusive

Post by Graham Hannington » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:09 am

Hi Radu,

An observation from a newbie Oxygen user with experience in other XML editors: I find the default appearance of tags in Author mode too intrusive. The tags are too visually similar to the content.

I have customized the appearance in Options ► Preferences ► Editor ► Edit modes ► Author ► Tags:
  • Tags foreground color: (R:102, G:102: B:102), a mid-dark gray
  • Tags font: Arial 11 pt
I'm not promoting these as the optimal settings, but they achieve what I wanted: for the tags to be visible but "dimmed", and more distinct from the content, so that I can read the content with less effort.

I know that users can, as I have, customize these settings. If you, the Oxygen developer, change these defaults, you might well get howls of protest from users who are perfectly happy with them. But I thought it was worth noting that, as a newbie user, changing the appearance of tags (like adding keyboard shortcuts for various Document ► Select options) was something I felt I needed to do out-of-the-box, as soon as I started using Oxygen. Then again, I'm just one user; it's entirely up to you to consider and weigh this feedback on its merits.

Regards,
Graham
Last edited by Graham Hannington on Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:46 am, edited 1 time in total.

Radu
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Re: Default appearance of tags in Author mode is too intrusive

Post by Radu » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:03 am

Hi Graham,

I understand, you want the full tags mode to show the tags a little bit faded out.
I tried your custom colors, indeed it's an interesting approach, as they are faded out to gray I do not "see" the tags until I focus on looking for them.
I will add an issue for this, indeed we are reluctant to change defaults for settings which may affect a large number of users but maybe if we have feedback from other users interested in this we may consider it.

By the way, if you want feedback from other Oxygen Users for your customization ideas you can register on the Oxygen Users List:

https://www.oxygenxml.com/mailman/listinfo/oxygen-user

and ask questions there. The forum is a more static place, only we, the Oxygen devs usually receive notice that something new was posted.

Regards,
Radu
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Graham Hannington
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Re: Default appearance of tags in Author mode is too intrusive

Post by Graham Hannington » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:32 am

Hi Radu,
if you want feedback from other Oxygen Users for your customization ideas you can register on the Oxygen Users List
That's a good idea, thanks. With apologies if I've missed the guidelines; I'm a little fuzzy on whether to post here or to the list. As you suggest, the list is a better option for canvassing feedback from other users.

Regards,
Graham
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Radu
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Re: Default appearance of tags in Author mode is too intrusive

Post by Radu » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:36 am

Hi Graham,

Sure, as in this particular case I would have liked to see what the other Oxygen users have to say about this.

Regards,
Radu
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