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THE 3.2 on WinXP
SET COLOR FILEAREA BLACK ON WHITE, the WHITE always is
changed to GREY.
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This is not really a bug.
The problem is that using the curses package a consistent,
portable mechanism is required for setting colours. On
WIndows, WHITE is as you say GREY. To get the brighter
background colours (including WHITE), you need to specify
the 'BLINK' attribute, which is a bit of a hack.
Therefore to get real WHITE;
SET COLOR FILEAREA BLINK BLACK ON WHITE
And in the same way, BOLD makes the foreground color brighter. Red, for example, becomes red with BOLD, not sort of off-brownish-slightly-maybe-red'ish as it is if just specified as red.
For example, to get a real red message line on real white background:
color msgline blink bold red white