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From: "brian m. carlson" <>
To: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
Cc: Felipe Contreras <>,
Subject: Re: Man pages have colors? A deep dive into groff
Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 01:28:49 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

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On 2021-05-17 at 16:48:04, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> This looks much better.
> I wonder a good follow-up (hint, hint! :) would be to have
> exec_man_man() and exec_man_cmd() in builtin/help.c set this depending
> on color.ui (so we'd do it by default with "auto").
> Then e.g. "git help git" would look prettier than "man git".

As I mentioned on the patch itself, I'd prefer if Git didn't do this.  I
have my own colors configured and don't want Git to render its man
output differently from what I have.  Even if I didn't, I wouldn't want
Git to change the output of man(1) to be different from what's on the

I should point out that I have my shell configuration set up to use
different colors depending on the capability of the terminal, such as
using a 256-color palette when that's supported and a 16-color palette
when it's not, so there is literally no configuration that Git can
provide here that matches my existing settings.

Additionally, colors tend to pose accessibility problems for a lot of
people.  I have normal color vision, but because I use a transparent
background which renders as grey, the standard terminal red is nearly
illegible for me.  I also know people with colorblindness who have
problems with various colors or any colors at all.
brian m. carlson (he/him or they/them)
Houston, Texas, US

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-05-18  1:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-15 22:10 Felipe Contreras
2021-05-17 16:48 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-17 19:28   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-17 22:44     ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-17 22:54       ` Randall S. Becker
2021-05-17 23:33         ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  1:27       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  4:27         ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  7:16           ` Jeff King
2021-05-18 13:21             ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18 14:27             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  1:28   ` brian m. carlson [this message]
2021-05-18  2:12     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  4:35       ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  4:31     ` Felipe Contreras

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