What if you could reinvent Firefox theming?

Justin Dolske dolske at mozilla.com
Thu Sep 8 22:41:13 UTC 2016


On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Jared Wein <jaws at mozilla.com> wrote:

> [...]
>

Thanks for posting the results. A couple of observations...


> Why do you install themes?
> [...] At 12% of responses was closer integration with the operating system
>

Do the raw responses have further detail on what OSes are involved, and
what kind of closer integration?

I'm guessing this is mostly Linux (due to the gazillion different desktop
environments and OS themes), though I also see the 28th-most-used theme on
AMO is for making Firefox look like IE8.


> What capabilities would you like themes to have?
> [...] Also at 3% of responses were requests from users who require larger
> icons and improved readability of the browser's user interface for improved
> accessibility. Not far behind, and ironically next in the order of
> responses, were requests for a smaller browser UI (2%). These users
> generally want to maximize the amount of screen space that web pages can
> use.
>

I'm a little surprised "make things smaller" came in so low!

"Make things bigger" is somewhat curious... On Windows this is typically
done by adjusting the display scaling factor in the OS settings. I wonder
if people don't know about that, or are looking to make Firefox --
specifically -- larger than normal. I'm unclear on what Linux offers these
days, and while I think OS X supports this internally it's not exposed in
any UI. (Apple's preferred route seems to be screen zooming. Which is neat,
I use it all the time and have normal vision.) So I'd be curious to
understand this use-case better.

Separately from themes, I think it would be a good idea to consider adding
preferences UI for the default zoom-level of page content in Firefox. I
think it's technically easy to do the same thing with chrome, but that
would seem pretty strange to expose.

Justin
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