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;;; erc-highlight-nicknames.el --- Highlights nicknames
;; Copyright (C) 2007 André Riemann
;; Copyright (C) 2008 Andy Stewart
;; Author: André Riemann <>
;; Maintainer: André Riemann <>
;; Created: 2007-09-25
;; Keywords: comm, faces
;; URL:
;; Compatibility: tested with
;; * GNU Emacs 23.0 (Erc 5.2, 5.3)
;; * XEmacs 21.4 (Erc 5.1) (briefly)
;; Version: 0.4.1
;; Last-Updated: 2008-12-07
;; By: Andy Stewart
;; This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
;; any later version.
;; This file is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
;; WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with GNU Emacs; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the Free
;; Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston,
;; MA 02110-1301, USA.
;;; Commentary:
;; To activate this module, put this in your init file
;; (require 'erc-highlight-nicknames)
;; and add highlight-nicknames to `erc-modules' by customizing it.
;; Or put this in your init file
;; (and
;; (load-library "erc-highlight-nicknames")
;; (add-to-list 'erc-modules 'highlight-nicknames)
;; (erc-update-modules))
;; Press
;; M-x customize-face RET erc-highlight-nick-base-face RET
;; to customize the face that will be added before the color, if you want
;; for example all the nicks underlined.
;;; Change Log:
;; 2008-12-07 Andy Stewart
;; * There was a bug that function `erc-highlight-nicknames' created
;; many faces for the same nickname. It would create a new one when
;; erc inserts text, and didn't care whether a face already existed
;; for this nickname.
;; Now I added a hash table `erc-highlight-face-table' to save the
;; face for a nickname. Faces are now only created, if the nickname
;; doesn't occur in the hash table.
;; 2007-12-24 andre-r
;; * bug fixed in invert-color where color code contained spaces instead
;; of leading zeros
;; 2007-12-12 andre-r
;; * erc-highlight-nick-base-face is by default empty now,
;; not inherited from `default'
;; * erc-button-add-face instead of put-text-property
;; * using `x-color-values' instead of `color-values' since XEmacs
;; seams to only know the former
;; 2007-12-12 andre-r
;; * built in XEmacs-compatible code for text properties by Dave Marquardt
;; (works both in Emacs and XEmacs)
;; * changed it a bit so that the face for the text property is derived
;; from another face (hopefully it still works with XEmacs)
;; * for that purpose created a new, customizable face
;; 2007-09-25 andre-r
;; * inital release
;; This file is *NOT* part of GNU Emacs.
;;; Code:
(require 'erc)
(require 'erc-button)
(defface erc-highlight-nick-base-face
'((t nil))
"Base face used for highlighting nicks in erc. (Before the nick
color is added)"
:group 'erc-faces)
(defvar erc-highlight-face-table
(make-hash-table :test 'equal)
"The hash table that contains unique erc nickname faces.")
(defun hexcolor-luminance (color)
"Returns the luminance of color COLOR. COLOR is a string \(e.g.
\"#ffaa00\", \"blue\"\) `color-values' accepts. Luminance is a
value of 0.299 red + 0.587 green + 0.114 blue and is always
between 0 and 255."
(let* ((values (x-color-values color))
(r (car values))
(g (car (cdr values)))
(b (car (cdr (cdr values)))))
(floor (+ (* 0.299 r) (* 0.587 g) (* 0.114 b)) 256)))
(defun invert-color (color)
"Returns the inverted color of COLOR."
(let* ((values (x-color-values color))
(r (car values))
(g (car (cdr values)))
(b (car (cdr (cdr values)))))
(format "#%04x%04x%04x"
(- 65535 r) (- 65535 g) (- 65535 b))))
(defun erc-highlight-nicknames ()
"Searches for nicknames and highlights them. Uses the first
twelve digits of the MD5 message digest of the nickname as
color (#rrrrggggbbbb)."
(with-syntax-table erc-button-syntax-table
(let (bounds word color new-nick-face)
(goto-char (point-min))
(while (re-search-forward "\\w+" nil t)
(setq bounds (bounds-of-thing-at-point 'word))
(setq word (buffer-substring-no-properties
(car bounds) (cdr bounds)))
(when (erc-get-server-user word)
(setq new-nick-face (gethash word erc-highlight-face-table))
(unless new-nick-face
(setq color (concat "#" (substring (md5 (downcase word)) 0 12)))
(if (equal (cdr (assoc 'background-mode (frame-parameters))) 'dark)
;; if too dark for background
(when (< (hexcolor-luminance color) 85)
(setq color (invert-color color)))
;; if to bright for background
(when (> (hexcolor-luminance color) 170)
(setq color (invert-color color))))
(setq new-nick-face (make-symbol (concat "erc-highlight-nick-" word "-face")))
(copy-face 'erc-highlight-nick-base-face new-nick-face)
(set-face-foreground new-nick-face color)
(puthash word new-nick-face erc-highlight-face-table))
(erc-button-add-face (car bounds) (cdr bounds) new-nick-face))))))
(define-erc-module highlight-nicknames nil
"Search through the buffer for nicknames, and highlight."
((add-hook 'erc-insert-modify-hook 'erc-highlight-nicknames t))
((remove-hook 'erc-insert-modify-hook 'erc-highlight-nicknames)))
(provide 'erc-highlight-nicknames)
;;; erc-highlight-nicknames.el ends here