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New Default Theme for Phoenix

Tuesday December 24th, 2002

Arvid Axelsson's Qute is now the default theme in Phoenix, replacing the previous Orbit-derived skin. The transition to the new theme is mostly complete but a few changes still need to be made. The new default theme isn't in the latest builds yet, but here's a screenshot of Qute in the most recent nightly to give you an idea of what it will look like. Follow the thread in the Phoenix Themes forum for more details.

Update! The latest Windows nightly now features the new default theme.

Another Update! The latest Linux builds now also feature Qute as the default theme.


#8 Re: Re: I don't like it

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Tuesday December 24th, 2002 1:13 PM

You are replying to this message

"A *USEFUL* theme should have very few colors, if any."

I think you're wrong. Usability is a piece of usefulness. Having distinct colors for the different icons helps users find them more quickly, improving usability. Color and shape are about all we have to work with to distinguish the different buttons. Saying that an app shouldn't use different colors is nearly as foolish as saying an app shouldn't use different shapes for different icons. Would you have all the button icons on the toolbar just be colorless sqaures? No, you wouldn't. Having back and forward be arrows helps to suggest their actions and distinguish them from other buttons with other actions. Taking that away would make finding the correct button a lot harder. Color is the same. Take color and shape away and a user has to learn by trial and error what the buttons do and then has to remember placement on the toolbar with zero clues. This would make the app a lot less usable and therefor a lot less useful.

--Asa