I have a document that I wish to distribute both in color and monochrome. It contains tables and makes use of colored rows. Problem is, when I use the monochrome option for the xcolor package the colored rows show up as completely black and thus cannot be read.

What I would like is for the text to be readable even when the monochrome option is active.

Here is a minimal example :



This & that\\
\rowcolor{yellow} This & that


(If I remove the monochrome option all is well).

  • What should happen to a yellow row color if you use monochrome? If I use \textcolor{yellow}{text} the text appears black, too. – Qrrbrbirlbel Feb 25 '13 at 0:39
  • I'd want the colors to become shades of gray. However, on second thought, that's not really monochrome... – Sašo Živanović Feb 25 '13 at 0:39
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    @SašoŽivanović \usepackage[gray,table]{xcolor} – Qrrbrbirlbel Feb 25 '13 at 0:50



after loading colortbl (redefining the internal command rather than \rowcolor means that you stop all colortbl color commands including use of optional arguments etc.

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