Intent to ship: Compact Themes

Jeff Griffiths jgriffiths at
Thu Dec 15 17:38:59 UTC 2016

I'm pleased to announce we will be landing and shipping two new themes in
Firefox 53. These themes are based on the current Dev Edition theme and
will be enabled by users in both about:addons#appearance and customization
mode. Australis will continue to be the default theme.


Q: why?
A: since releasing Dev Edition in 2014 we've observed that the dev edition
theme is popular for non-developers for a few interesting reasons: some
users prefer a dark theme, some users are using low-resolution displays and
appreciate the minimal use of space, and some users simply prefer the look.

Q: when?
B: Firefox 53, currently in nightly and likely due to be released in April

Q: April, really?
A: no, we're not shipping this on April 1. I apologize for the vagueness,
we just haven't published a release schedule for 2017 yet.


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