Monday, March 28, 2011

Acceleo over the rainbow

We've often had complaints about the default choice of colors we made for the Acceleo template editor :


For example, people who like high contrast themes, or who'd rather develop with a white/green font on a black/gray background complained that this colors were unusable when using such backgrounds. And since we inherit the background color from the default "text editor background" color, this could give awful results :


There were also those that simply didn't like to have "red" text in their code, since this color usually reflect an error of some kind :). As hinted from St├ęphane's recent post, we've decided to make these colors customizable in Acceleo 3.1. And even though his "rainbow" theme was a little extreme (just in time for april's fool), it did show a number of the areas that now get individually customizable.

We hope to include import/export facilities for these color schemes, and the rainbow scheme will most likely be included along with the default :).

I know my editor will more or less look like this (but I kind of find blue-ish themes easy on the eye) :


How will be yours? Look forward for the 3.1M7 build for these options :).