What if you could reinvent Firefox theming?

Dan Mosedale dmosedale at mozilla.com
Mon Sep 12 15:40:27 UTC 2016


I've had good luck with
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/theme-font-size-changer/ on
Mac.  It may be a good place to play with some of the user-experiences
available if we want to provide something in core Firefox...

Dan

2016-09-09 17:23 GMT-07:00 Myk Melez <myk at mykzilla.org>:

> Justin Dolske <dolske at mozilla.com>
> 2016 September 8 at 15:41
>
> "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.
>
> I suspect that users indeed are unaware that they can fix this in OS
> settings (except on Mac), and if an OS vendor asked the same questions
> about the system as a whole, they'd get a similar response. It'd be
> interesting for us to confirm that with a followup question about Firefox
> vs. apps in general.
>
> For my part, I too have "normal" (i.e. emmetropic) vision too (although
> lately with a bit of presbyopia). Nevertheless, I've long found native UI
> affordances to be too small. In the past, I've decreased the resolution of
> my display or installed themes with larger icons (in apps that support
> themes) to mitigate the issue. These days I mostly just live with it for
> native apps. But I almost always zoom web apps.
>
> Although it's dangerous to extrapolate from a sample of two (especially us
> two!) I suspect we aren't isolated cases, and there's a population of folks
> with "normal" vision who nonetheless prefer larger affordances for better
> readability, easier click targets, etc. and are willing to trade off space
> for content or other windows (or, in your case, to use features like screen
> zooming).
>
> 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.
>
> Indeed. Another interesting (but more complex to implement) option would
> be to adjust that zoom level to maximize the horizontal usage of space of a
> page, zooming more for sites with small font sizes and narrow columns of
> content, and less for sites where the default zoom level pushes content
> offscreen and creates horizontal scrollbars (or triggers an over-responsive
> mobile-friendly rearranging of content).
>
> -myk
>
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