Introduction to the 'standard-themes' for Emacs
standard-themes are a pair of light and dark themes for GNU
Emacs. They emulate the out-of-the-box looks of Emacs (which
technically do NOT constitute a theme) while bringing to them thematic
consistency, customizability, and extensibility. In practice, the
Standard themes take the default style of the font-lock and Org faces,
complement it with a wider colour palette, address some
inconsistencies, and apply established semantic patterns across all
The first picture is the default set of faces. The second is
standard-light with some user options enabled. The third is
Why a new theme?
Emacs does not have a default theme. It has a collection of basic faces. As such, different package authors add their own styles to address their specific requirements, at times resulting in an inconsistent experience.
A theme lets us bring together thousands of faces and treat them systematically. For example, to make headings in Org and Markdown look the same, or to ensure predictable colouration between the various buffers/components that form part of a user’s email workflow (make notmuch.el and message.el feel like they belong together).
We can thus retain the character of the original style, while giving users something familiar and usable.
I made the changes to elpa.git though it may take some time for the package to become available.
- Package name (GNU ELPA):
- Official manual: https://protesilaos.com/emacs/standard-themes
- Git repo on SourceHut: https://git.sr.ht/~protesilaos/standard-themes
- Mailing list: https://lists.sr.ht/~protesilaos/standard-themes
- Backronym: Standard Themes Are Not Derivatives but the Affectionately Reimagined Default … themes.