Hello, Carey, and thank you for your reply. Yes, in general, when an icon toggles back and forth between two colors, it's clear that doing so is alternately enabling and disabling the feature in question -- at least to we majority of users with decent vision. But in this case, the crux of the problem is that there is no indication as to the meaning of the two colors. When an icon is lighter in color, is it enabled or disabled? When I first began using Komodo IDE and the Find feature, I would click those icons and see the colors change, and wonder, "OK, I've toggled a feature to a different state, but is it now on or off?" I would then check the contents of the tooltips in the two different states, expecting them to tell me whether the feature is enabled or disabled, only to be frustrated to see that the tooltips do not change. I can only imagine how frustrating that must be for users who have color vision problems. Yes, in the default color scheme, the bright blue is a lighter shade, but in most UIs that indicates a button is disabled.
Yes, we could wait to see how many people vote for this change request, but personally I do not think a low vote count would imply that this change should not be implemented. Of all the users of Komodo IDE, what fraction have accounts on this website, and of those, how many regularly visit, and of those, how many actually vote?
For the sake of maximum benefit with minimum work, setting distinct tooltips would be a big help and not require icon or color changes, e.g., "Use regexes" and "Do not use regexes".