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By: Slobodan Vujnovic   Homepage   France  
Date: Jan 15,2021 at 11:43
In Response to: [Discuss] File coloring features and consistency (Slobodan Vujnovic)

To help illustrate my situation, look at this image:

Most of the time (I have several ZCOLORS.INI files) my
files are colored based on the YYYY-MM-DD cell:

[image]

I can instantly spot today's, or this month's files, regardless
of how they are sorted. In this image, the list is sorted by
ascending date, as can be clearly seen. In Branch/Showall/Global
views, no matter where the file pops up, and it's color is
cyan, I know it's fresh from today. I rely on this in my
"work" -- fooling around with IDE's, experimenting.

(These beasts create hundreds of files even for a demo,
template "hello world" project. When you hit the Build button,
an additional may 500 files get created/updated...)

Now, there two exceptions in the above screenshot: files with size 0.
Although their dates imply that they should be colored green
and cyan, respectively, they are forced to red, because the
size info may be something to watch out for.

Wouln't it be nice for the date colors to be respected, and
just the size cell to be red? I vote for cell autonomy and
sovereignty.

I don't know how much work it would take, and if there
are any performance penalties. But it works incredibly
fast in all modern editors that do syntax coloring, and
terminals and shells.

Character cell interfaces have many limitations (and advantages),
but there is no need to stick to the monochrome, minimalist
coloring past. Again, coloring is optional, just as it is
in Excel!

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