Learn English – the opposite of highlighted, in a visual presentation

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Im looking for a word to describe the visual aspect of a user interface. Imagine a form to fill out, in a web page. Disabled fields will be grayed out, and draw less attention. The opposite of highlighted.

I have a similar situation, but the fields are in fact not disabled, I just want to mark them as less significant than the others. In order to be able to reuse the style, I'd like to name the style something that means the opposite of highlighted.

These are the antonyms I have found, but none of them really works:

lowlight – Never heard this word actually used. Might work?
disappointment – No go in a visual context
nonevent – No go in a visual context
anticlimax – No go in a visual context
bringdown – Never heard this word actually used. Might work?
downer – No go in a visual context
downfall – No go in a visual context
letdown – No go in a visual context
let-down – No go in a visual context
washout – Maybe?
nadir – Not understandable to most people, me included
low point – No go in a visual context

So, does any of these work for my situation? Or are there any others that I haven't found?

Best Answer

I've mostly heard of lowlights in terms of sports events or careers

However while trying to find references for that meaning I found one to do with hair colouring

Lowlights versus highlights

Lowlights involve darkening strands of hair by using colours that are darker than your natural colour. In contrast, highlights use colours that are lighter than your natural shade.

So if the negative highlighting you are doing involves shading (bright vs dark) rather than changing the colour, I think lowlight/lowlights/lowlighting is perfect.

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