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13 Colors and Styles

You can choose to highlight parts of Info’s display, such as cross-references and search matches, using a variety of styles, including colors, boldface and underline. Here are the variables that are available to do this:

link-style

Used for cross-references and menu entries.

active-link-style

Used for a cross-references or menu entry when typing RET would have the effect of following said cross-reference or menu entry.

match-style

Used for matches from a search command. (See Searching Commands.)

Each of these is given in the .infokey file just as the variables in the previous chapter. Their values are a comma-separated list of values in the following table:

black
red
green
yellow
blue
magenta
cyan
white

Use the color specified for text.

nocolour
nocolor

Turn off any color that was in effect, using the terminal’s default color.

bgblack
bgred
bggreen
bgyellow
bgblue
bgmagenta
bgcyan
bgwhite

Use the color specified for the background.

bgnocolour
bgnocolor

Use the terminal’s default background color.

underline
nounderline

Turn text underline on or off.

standout
nostandout

Turn ‘standout mode’ on or off. Standout mode entails the use of appearance modes that make text stand out, and varies between terminals.

bold
regular
nobold

Turn boldface on or off.

blink
noblink

Make the text blink, or not.

Here is an sample excerpt from an .infokey file:

#var
link-style=yellow
active-link-style=yellow,bold
match-style=underline,bold,nocolour

With this, cross-references are all yellow, and active cross-references are additionally displayed in bold. Any search matches will be shown in bold, and underlined. Moreover, if there is a search match inside a cross-reference, the ‘nocolour’ rendition style will cancel the yellow colour, leaving the text in the match the terminal’s default colour. (Note, however, that the rendition styles for active cross-references take priority over those for search matches, so search matches there will still be displayed in yellow.)


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