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Tango Plus Theme

Color theme for Emacs loosely based on the tango palette. Like all themes, this is a work in progress. The basis for this theme was the tango theme included in Emacs 24. Over time colors where added to increase contrast and support was added for evil, org mode, mu4e, helm, epresent, markdown, and other modes.


Put the file tango-plus-theme.el in a directory included in your load-path. Add the following line to your start-up file (typically init.el):

(load-theme 'tango-plus t)

Alternatively, you can install from MELPA.

(package-install 'tango-plus-theme)


Note that the colors look more vivid in the screenshots than they are in Emacs, perhaps that's due to the compression, not sure.

A search in Evil A Helm session

Design principles

The goal of the theme is to support visual perception and to facilitate comprehension of code and text. The goal is not primarily to look cool.

Principle 1: Use colors sparingly. Give the user subtle hints and avoid disrupting the reading flow. For example, coloring LaTeX macros in red would distract from the text and is therefore considered bad.

Principle 2: Use colors as semantic annotation: The meaning of a color should be largely self-explanatory and consistent across modes. For instance, red background is used for errors (flyspell) and stuff that was (ediff) or is going to be deleted (search & replace in evil). Green background is for matches (isearch) or inserted material (ediff). Selections are marked in yellow – think text marker. All neutral types of highlights use a light grey for the background (sentence-highlight-mode, hl-line-mode, show-paren-match). Foreground colors: Blue is used for keywords (electric sparks). Newly defined stuff like functions and variables are red (hot from the forge). String and other constants are brown like burned bricks. Comments are grey.


Color theme for Emacs loosely based on the tango palette







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