Some time ago I proposed to use color to emphasize the primitives in Kanji Koohii shared stories.
I didn't act on it because it wasn't very convincing to me, and the color highlighting could be distracting as well. It's not a bad idea, but I felt like "don't fix something that is not broken". Since, oddly enough, nobody ever suggested that to me, I thought I'd just leave it as it is.
Today working on something else I realized I could just use brightness contrast. It's very subtle and probably hard to see in this clipped screenshot, but when you see the full list of stories I think it's ... wel at least it's worth trying.
I'll just push this in an update soon and then we will just see how users respond to it.
Giving up on this idea.
The coloring approach is distracting.
The brightness contrast makes everything less legible since main text needs to be brighter. I actually still like this approach (2nd on the picture below), however the italic text (primitives) unfortunately does not stand out because of font aliasing so the difference in brightness is hardly noticable.
After experimenting I found increasing **letter-spacing ** for primitives (italic) makes them stand out a little more, so I'll use that.