wiki:Documentation/UserInterface/Preferences/Appearence

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Appearance Preferences


Figure 0.1

In the Preferences panel, you will see a list of options at the top. Click on the corresponding icon to modify the preference of your choice. You can use the below links to learn more about each icon.

1. Style Preview

The Style Preview shows you the Style you currently have selected in "Default Style" and the Emoticons you have selected in "Emoticons".

2. Default Style


Figure 2.1

This will let you pick a application-wide style for Colloquy to use. Figure 2.1 has Styles that has come with Colloquy, and some that was downloaded from the Extras site. When you change the Default Style, you will have to go to the toolbar in your open chat rooms and re-select Default Style. Changing the default style will not affect rooms you have picked non-defaulted styles for. Your selected style will show with a checkmark next to it. The styles with arrows next to them let you know they have "Variants" attached to them. These variants are just modified versions of the style. You can change these with "Customize Style..." which is explained later.

3. Emoticons


Figure 3.1

This will let you pick a application-wide emoticon set for Colloquy to use. Figure 3.1 has Styles that has come with Colloquy, and some that was downloaded from the Extras site. When you change the default Emoticon, you will have to go to the toolbar in your open chat rooms and type /reload style. Changing the default emoticon will not affect rooms you have picked non-defaulted emoticons for. Your selected emoticon set will show with a checkmark next to it.

4. Font Family

Right next to Font Family it displays the font type your style is displaying in. In Figure 0.1, it says that the Style uses the Lucida Grande font. If you wish to change this, click the "Select Font..." button. This will open up a font chooser. Select the font you wish to use and it will update automatically. Press the X button when you are finished.

5. Base Font Size & Minimum Font Size

Using the corresponding up and down arrows next to these options give you a higher or lower number. This number next to "Base Font Size" symbolizes how big you want the font in your view to be. The change takes effect immediately, so you can change it to perfection really quickly. Changing the number next to "Minimum Font Size" will change any font someone else uses below that number and changes it to that number. For instance, if you have it set at 8, and someone tries to use a font size 2, Colloquy will display it as 8 for you.

6. Customize Style…


Figure 6.1

Customizing your selected Default Style is a great way to personalize your experinece in Colloquy. These style customizations are called Variants. Figure 0.1 is previewing a variant of the Standard stlye. We are going to create this variant now. First, we press the "Customize Style..." button. We will be greeted by Figure 6.1. You need to create a Variant if you wish to save and use your work. You can type any name you wish for your variant in here. We'll use NewVariant? in this example. Click "Create" when you are happy, or "Cancel" if you've changed your mind.


Figure 6.2

Now that you have a new variant created, you can modify the style. Figure 6.2 shows you the changes that were made to change the Standard style to look like what we see in Figure 0.1. Each style has different options you can change, so you'll have to play with them to get what you want.

7. Chat Input Boxes

There are two options you can use here. The first option takes the font you have selected in "Font Family" and sends all your messages in that font. The second option will remember what text formatting you have changed actively in the chat window. If you type something italicized and in blue, the text input will remember this until you change it to something else.

8. Incoming Messages

If you are like some people, you can't stand it when people use colors or weird text formatting. Let's face it, some people shouldn't use this feature. There is nothing worse than someone joining your room with font 3 sizes too big, italicized, red, and caps-locked. While we can't change the caps-lock problem, we can change the rest. By checking "Strip message colors", anyone who says anything italicized and in blue will only show as your base font and italicized. If you check "Strip message text formatting", then you will get only blue sentances. If you check them both, everything will be seen just as you have set in Styles, Font Family, and Base Font Size.
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