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11.1 Faces

Each of the Todo modes uses faces to distinguish various aspects of the display, both structural and informational. For example, the faces for the date and time strings of todo item headers (todo-date and todo-time, respectively) by default inherit the attributes of the corresponding faces used by the Emacs diary; but when the date and time of a Todo diary item (i.e., an item lacking todo-nondiary-marker) is earlier than the current date and time, they are displayed in a different face (todo-diary-expired). In this way, you can readily recognize diary items that have “expired” and act accordingly (e.g., by tagging them as done or by updating the deadlines).

Another example of an informational face is the face used to distinguish top priority items (todo-top-priority). A third case is the face used in Todo Categories mode to mark rows of the table containing categories with only archived items (todo-archived-only).

The todo-faces customization group contains a complete list of Todo mode faces and brief descriptions of their use.