inverse video

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inverse video (uncountable)

  1. (computing, dated) A display technique whereby background and foreground colours are interchanged, typically used for highlighting.
    • 1982, Byte magazine
      When I type "/F", I get a menu of possible file actions, the first of which is in inverse video.
    • 1984, Interface age magazine
      Text to be deleted is shown in inverse video.
    • 1989, PC: The Independent Guide to IBM Personal Computers
      If any of the video buffer's background attribute bits are on, MONO converts the attribute to 70h (inverse video).