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Re: Question about menu-choose-command...
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1991 11:19 EDT
From: email@example.com (David A. Moon)
> Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1991 09:32-0400
> From: Scott McKay <SWM@SAPSUCKER.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
> Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1991 20:24 EDT
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David A. Moon)
> Should be indicated by dimming rather than italicizing. Then it would
> be a lot more obvious what it means.
> I don't know how to implement dimming in a way that leaves the items
> still readable, but I do agree with you.
In general you ask the underlying window system to do it, so I guess you mean
you don't know how to do it in Genera on a monochrome display. On any kind of
color or grayscale display it's obvious, you just draw the text with a gray ink.
On a monochrome display the Mac masks the text with a 50%-gray checkerboard
pattern; now you know why the default menu font on the Mac is bold with 2-pixel
thick letter forms. This is actually only barely legible, but it's good enough.
The Genera "port" of CLIM could do the same thing.
The 50%-gray ink idea is what I tried once in the distant past (since on
monochrome displays, this turns into a half-and-half stipple), and the
result was so bad that I went with italics. Of course, I wasn't testing
it on a Mac at the time.
I guess I could make such a change anyway.
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