|TLDR: popularize Firefox uC styles among regular users by representing them as content downloadable from AMO (just like regular themes) and promoting this 'advanced customization' as a unique feature and not something shady used only by "power users".|
One of the greatest advantages of Firefox over other browsers is its interface is highly and easily customizable, thanks to using XUL for its UI. With minimal knowledge of CSS and 1-2 hours of learning you can change almost anything you want!
Knowing that, it's weird to see Mozilla doesn't do anything about this feature at all!
For example, to install the style, you have to enable uC support (labeled as "legacy stylesheets") in advanced settings which regular users won't ever go to, then find a style on potentially unsafe community forums, and then manually "install" it by moving it to the chrome folder.
Not to mention this feature seems to never was actively developed, not allowing to anyhow store several styles, having several security vulnerabilities etc.
So, what do I think Mozilla should do:
What do you think? Hope this suggestion will get some good feedback 🙂
This would be a great move from Mozilla's point of view. A real differentiator for Firefox (like you say), and if I was Mozilla, I'd love to put an end to the battles over UI changes, by giving non-expert users more freedom to choose their own look.
For example, most of the things that people (including me!) hated about Proton can be reversed in userChrome: if you could just download Lepton or similar from AMO, a lot of the complaints (which I'm sure were very draining for Mozilla folks) could have been avoided.
I would like the default theme to be simple and easily customizable with CSS. I also want it to be editable on a page like about:userchrome.
There are many userChrome on Github, but none of them had what I wanted, so I made my own. However, it is cumbersome to override the default CSS, and customizing the menu has not gone well yet.
Hackgets/Pale-Blue-Fox: Simple, flat and pale blue.
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@Jon Yay! I believe that the ability to customize the UI with CSS is a great advantage of Firefox. Shouldn't Mozilla be more open to UI design as well?
Sounds like my similar idea (https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/option-to-choose-between-different-ui-quot-styles-quot/idi-p/57...) came two months too late.
This is my top wish by far, great write up.
Probably a reach but to take it further: Mozilla already being a massive learning resource for web-dev related topics, I'd like to see userChrome made accessible enough to a point where people unfamiliar with CSS or user interfaces entirely are compelled to pick up those skills through making their own style. Add documentation. Provide a short starter guide. Mozilla can tout Firefox as the tremendous 'learning by doing' sort of application it already is.
I remember using Firefox at school in 4th grade and just ogling at the 3d View feature and learning a lot about how sites are structured-- kids today would make their own userContent to put a memes on their about:home page, maybe picking up a taste for CSS/UI and learning more!
Firefox userChrome feels like such a unique tool in being able to practice and produce functional, usable, in depth UI design without having to build a program or settle for a website.
This would be great! Yes, please.