On Friday 07 October 2005 09:44 am, Bastian Maerkisch wrote:
> And default colors are now taken from web_color_rgbs, as
> do gd.trm and pdf.trm. Btw. terminals are not very consistent
> here: gd.trm uses all web colors, pdf only the first 12
> and postscript uses 9 or so. win.trm uses 15 different colors ...
Yes, but some terminals types are used almost entirely for
screen display (x11, jpeg, usually png) while other
terminal types are used to generate plots for printing with ink
on paper (PostScript, LaTeX, sometimes png). The visual
contrast between colors A and B can be very different on the
screen and on the printed page.
The default colors (at least the first 10 or so) for each terminal
type are supposed to be chosen for maximal contrast on that
particular medium. In general this leads to darker colors for
print and brighter colors for screen display. I dare say that
more research and effort could be put into the optimal choice
for each terminal, but that's the general idea.
Ethan A Merritt merritt@...
Biomolecular Structure Center
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195