It is possible to make a color-scheme for vim which is restrained and beautiful, using the common colorcodes, green for "not-dangerous comment", blue for keywords (which are "royal" in the sense that they go before anything else), etc.
Vim on Xterm-color and stand-alone gvim on Linux-2.x + X11 has the possibility of syntax highlighting. 10+ years ago my students worked with Microsoft Visual Studio which has a restrained effective syntax-color scheme.
I wondered why there isn't an option for "simple, notscreaming" colors, and Bram told me to put one such here on Wikia. I did, but I don't know where it is now!
Earlier I uploaded a syncolor.vim with the aforementioned color-scheme:
Hi Donald. Sorry about any confusion that I have caused. On November 12, 2009 you left comments in this tip, which can be seen in this old version. There are only a couple of people who regularly work here, so we cannot do everything that should be done. As can be seen by studying the "history" link on the tip page, I moved a fair bit of stuff around last April while trying to clean up tips and keep related stuff together. The comments that you had added to this tip ended up in your syncolor page (link above, I replaced the URL you left with the simple wikilink to the page as I was not sure of the purpose of your URL).
I'm not sure what Bram meant about putting a colorscheme here as normally they are added as a script at http://vim.org/scripts/ (there are hundreds of them there: use "Advanced search" in the left sidebar at vim.org and set type to "color scheme" in the "Search for Vim Scripts" area). If you have a question, please edit this page to reply. I will notice any change at the wiki, and will respond within a day or two. JohnBeckett (talk) 11:00, July 27, 2012 (UTC)