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Bug 124366 - highlighting of "BUILD SUCCESSFUL" message in the output window
Summary: highlighting of "BUILD SUCCESSFUL" message in the output window
Alias: None
Product: projects
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Ant (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: All All
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Jesse Glick
Depends on: 52777
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Reported: 2007-12-21 15:30 UTC by Ondrej Langr
Modified: 2009-03-21 08:41 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Proposed patch (16.03 KB, patch)
2009-03-10 02:33 UTC, Jesse Glick
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Description Ondrej Langr 2007-12-21 15:30:52 UTC
A usability study participant reported that he would have expected the "BUILD SUCCESSFUL" message to be highlighted in
green color, to allow him to recognize the build result faster. He reported that, in the amount of text present in
output window after build, this message (and error messages in case the build failed) is the only thing he is interested in.
Comment 1 David Simonek 2008-01-02 13:07:34 UTC
Agreed, belongs to projects and/or output. Passing to projects and ccing output guys...
Comment 2 Milos Kleint 2008-01-02 13:48:07 UTC
currently not possible to set arbitrary color on content in OW.
depends on #52777
Comment 3 Jesse Glick 2008-12-10 00:32:45 UTC
No plans to implement that.
Comment 4 Ondrej Langr 2009-01-16 12:15:06 UTC
Jesse, could you please be more specific why there are no plans to implement this? From my point of view, there's a good
reason why to do it: using color would make possible to quickly distinguish important output info from unimportant.
Comment 5 Jesse Glick 2009-01-16 21:06:38 UTC
There is no clear plan to implement issue #52777, which would be required. It is certainly not worth the trouble just to
make BUILD SUCCESSFUL green. If it happens for other reasons, patching the Ant module to use it would not be hard.
Comment 6 Ondrej Langr 2009-03-09 14:36:42 UTC
Issue #52777 which this issue depends on has been implemented, which means this is now possible. 

Just to make BUILD SUCCESSFUL green would actually improve users' orientation in the text .. I've seen people
complaining about this at least twice during usability studies. 

Once the compile is finished, the only piece of information users need to know is whether the code has been or has not
been compiled. And if it has not, then they are interested in errors. But this crucial information is often difficult to
locate in the amount of generated text and color would significantly help here.

Comment 7 Jesse Glick 2009-03-10 02:33:07 UTC
Created attachment 77948 [details]
Proposed patch
Comment 8 Jesse Glick 2009-03-10 02:34:00 UTC
Possible with a small API change in the Ant module. Please review.
Comment 9 Jesse Glick 2009-03-17 16:14:34 UTC
core-main #606b28b7c6a8. Also core-main #a18387577fc6 prints target names in gray, which looks better to me.
Comment 10 Ondrej Langr 2009-03-18 14:12:28 UTC
Comment 11 Milos Kleint 2009-03-18 15:49:15 UTC
I've done the same for maven projects:
Comment 12 Quality Engineering 2009-03-19 20:38:57 UTC
Integrated into 'main-golden', will be available in build *200903191401* on (upload may still be in progress)
User: Milos Kleint <>
Log: #124366 build successfull line in green color
Comment 13 Quality Engineering 2009-03-21 08:41:36 UTC
Integrated into 'main-golden', will be available in build *200903210201* on (upload may still be in progress)
User: Jesse Glick <>
Log: #124366 tweak: use darker shade of green for BUILD SUCCESSFUL, at mslama's suggestion.