[Geany-Users] change size, color of "show spaces"

bendov at gmx.com bendov at xxxxx
Mon Nov 5 00:46:46 UTC 2018

Thanks, Lex.  Couple more questions / comments.

Don't settings specified in color schemes override the same values in 
Or is that true only for certain items?  The method mentioned of making 
the background color of white_space any color that's very contrasting is 
too distracting for me.  You can do this in a color scheme as well, if 
you *don't* have a commented text error on a styling element line, like 
I did. :(
That error appeared to break setting the "white_space" to a single color 
in a scheme I was using.

Using color schemes, you shouldn't have to edit filetypes.common for 
things normally present (or can be added) in color schemes - correct?

** The manual shows (possibility) of using bold, italic on certain 
items.   In https://www.geany.org/manual/current/index.html#id195 , it 
shows an example:
> key=foreground_color;background_color;bold_flag;italic_flag.
> Bold and italic are flags and should only be "true" or "false".
It gives an example that I don't fully understand: key=comment,italic.  
Some scheme authors enter styling involving bold text, but I'm not sure 
it works.
** Then there's a comment in the Geany **filetypes.CONF**, "**# the 
lexer doesn't support keywords**."
Does that scrap using any bold / italics styling, or just for *.conf files?

Is it possible to use bold on entries from the "styling section," like 
white_space?  Not sure if "boldness" of white space dots are controlled 
by the font & if bold was selected in preferences?

Either way, I'm not sure what's required from the example, 
"key=comment,italic" (w/o quotes).  I think I'm missing something.

** **Translucency** :
I use the explanations for styling from 
I don't see any difference when using Translucency or 
marker_translucency vs. not using them.  Maybe it's just my eyes?

Values of 1 or 256 seem no different.
Translucency values in other color schemes that used them didn't seem to 
matter, that I can see.

For others FYI - in Linux the filetypes.common file was in 
/usr/share/geany/filetypes.common - if Geany was installed from the 
disro's repo or possibly? from a .deb file.
If Geany was installed to your home directory from a tar file, look for 
the file there.

On 11/3/18 12:46 AM, Lex Trotman wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Nov 2018 at 13:59,<bendov at gmx.com>  wrote:
>> I've tried a long time to find a way to make the tiny dots bigger or
>> change color, that show empty spaces between characters.
>> Not sure if the size of empty space dots are controlled by the font
>> selected.
>> If so, there's little difference in dozens of Linux fonts, for size of
>> spaces indicators - even if bold is selected.  Generally, I use some
>> mono bold font.
>> No idea if "spaces dots" color can be specified in a Geany color scheme,
>> or if they're set to the same color as some other characters or...?
>> Often I can't see some empty space dots unless I move close to the
>> monitor.  Those with perfect vision probably don't notice this.
>> Periods are often not big enough or enough contrast for scanning or
>> editing code.
>> Some fonts (e.g., mono on bold) may make periods or single quote /
>> apostrophe a little bigger, but not much.
> The whitespace "dots" are just that, not characters.
> See filetypes.common white_space setting, in particular setting the
> last value to true makes it use the background colour which you can
> then set to something garishly visible.
> Cheers
> Lex
>> When I eliminate all fonts that don't put a slash or dot in zeroes,
>> there aren't many left to find one with larger empty spaces dots or
>> larger periods / commas, unless I choose a huge font size.
>> What "symbols" in the symbol list font selection does Geany preferences
>> refer to?
>> Thanks.
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