Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#9567 new defect

IRC colors not working

Reported by: Mets Owned by: elb
Milestone: Component: IRC
Version: 2.5.7 Keywords: IRC, mIRC, color


When users using mIRC post things in color, pidgin does not render the colors correctly. I have tested this with xchat and mIRC, which do render the colors correctly. Pidgin attempts to render them, but instead produces an off-color mess that is not readable.

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mirc.PNG (92.2 KB) - added by Mets 10 years ago.
channel views from mIRC
xchat.PNG (84.4 KB) - added by Mets 10 years ago.
channel viewed from silverex build of xchat
pidgin.PNG (76.0 KB) - added by Mets 10 years ago.
channel viewed from pidgin

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Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by elb

  • Status changed from new to pending

I will need a much more specific description to "fix" this. Are you simply complaining that the precise RGB values used by Pidgin do not match those used by mIRC, or is there a more sophisticated bug here?

Changed 10 years ago by Mets

channel views from mIRC

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Mets

  • Status changed from pending to new

Attachment (mirc.PNG) added by ticket reporter.

Changed 10 years ago by Mets

channel viewed from silverex build of xchat

Changed 10 years ago by Mets

channel viewed from pidgin

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by Mets

I posted a picture of what I'm talking about. Notice that mIRC and xchat both show basically the same colors. Now look at Pidgin...I'm not sure if this is a bug, or an incorrect implementation (to me that's a bug), but basically pidgin is not quite usable for IRC channels that involve color.

If its any help, the newsbots shown here are eggdrop bots running on TCL coding.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by elb

OK, this is far more useful than that original report. The problem is not at all severe, nor is it really what you described.

It appears that the basic problem here is that one particular color of blue that we chose has poor contrast against the gray. All other colors (with the exception of bright blue, which is somewhat brighter) seem to me to be substantially similar to those rendered by mIRC, and certainly more similar than those chosen by X-Chat. Note that X-Chat does not even distinguish between red and bright red background colors.

If you can find out what colors are what in that display, it would be helpful; I suspect our problem color is either "teal" or "cyan", which correspond to mIRC colors 10 and 11, respectively.

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by Mets

I'll see if I can find out. If you notice, there is also a second color difference. The url links show up in white in mirc and xchat, but in Pidgin they show up the same color as the background, making them unreadable. Look where it says RTR, you'll see what I mean.

This indeed is related to mirc coloring, you're right, I can confirm that much. It looks like pidgin's interpretation of mirc colors is currently not quite compatible, or at least not as compatible as xchat's. I'll see if I can get some values for you - thanks!

comment:7 Changed 10 years ago by Mets

Most is white on blue (0,2) The cyan looking words that can't be read are color 12 on background 15 the url's are supposed to be white (0) on blue (2)

pidgin makes all the url's blue, so that gets messy

Hope this helps, thanks again!

comment:8 Changed 10 years ago by Mets

There's also white (0) and blue (12) where it says "Futures" - somewhat readable but slightly faint.

comment:9 Changed 8 years ago by Bio

It would be nice if this could be resolved. I have just updated to 2.9.0 and am still experiencing the issue.

To summarize the issue, royal blue (12) appears as something closer to light blue (11). The color it renders royal blue as is very difficult to read on the standard white background. Since the intended royal blue is seemingly perfectly readable on many IRC programs (mIRC, xchat, mibbit, chatzilla, trillian, and icechat at least in my experience), some people choose it as a default color, which makes conversations difficult for the Pidgin user.

comment:10 Changed 8 years ago by Bio

Now that I'm investigating the issue, pink (13) also seems to show brighter and harder to read than on other clients.

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