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updated system theme is not accessible and cannot find one that is.

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The new base system theme for FireFox is not accessible. I cannot visually tell when one tab shifts to another. Three's not enough contrast. There's no line that marks the shift from one tab to the next. I tried countless contributor themes and they're all lacking the same feature - a physical break between tabs. Fades on text are also not accessible. Please fix this issue!

Thank you, Nanette visual deficits in Minnesota

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The new theme is complete crap. Stop changing the interface and familiar controls. I am shaking from every update notification, from fact that now everything will break again. Or make it possible to turn off updates and not see them at all

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I found such a solution to the problem. Better than nothing.

about:config -> browser.proton.enabled -> FALSE

I do not understand why after each update it is necessary to dig in Google.

WARNING: There are plans to remove this preference in the next two months The preference setting was created as a toggle for developers when building the new design. Now that the new interface has shipped, the preference will be removed.

If you have any issues with the new design, please let us know what it is you don't like, and we can try provide more permanent solutions depending on the issue.

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@reloac

I don't know how to do what you're suggesting (about:config -> browser.proton.enabled -> FALSE ). I agree with your analysis of the rate of changes. I just want a simple, secure, ACCESSIBLE browser.

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Hi Nanette, There's a Firefox theme on the addons site called Photon Colors, which I found helps a lot.

Go to https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/photon-colors/ and click on Install Theme.

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@Nanette You can type about:config in the address bar. This is a page with a bunch of advanced options. Where can bring back a more user-friendly theme.

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@Chris Ilias

The theme is absolutely not contrasting. The font merges with the background, no separators are visible between the elements, although the tabs opposite are separated from the page. And a huge number of other annoying little things. You suggest choosing a different theme, but there are the same problems and an additional annoying background pattern.

Please make it possible to return to the classic theme.

I also advise you to read reviews on news sites dedicated to this update. Many are unhappy with these changes.

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Chris Ilias said

Hi Nanette, There's a Firefox theme on the addons site called Photon Colors, which I found helps a lot. Go to https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/photon-colors/ and click on Install Theme.

That can improve contrast between the one active tab, and the inactive tabs as a whole.

But the issue that Nanette is raising is the lack of contrast between different inactive tabs. I think addressing this is now only technically possible using userChrome.css?

According to this documentation, as of Firefox 89, it's no longer possible for a theme to set the tab_background_separator. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions/manifest.json/theme

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@chris

I have to agree with @pg_78. The new theme only made the current tab more obvious. I tend to have many open tabs and switch between them regularly. The issue is lack of contrast between different inactive tabs.

Can you as a moderator escalate this issue to the developers?

Thank you, Nanette

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Hi Nanette, I certainly can. I've just done that for you.

You can also leave feedback for Firefox developers by going to the Help menu and select Submit Feedback.

According to the blog post at https://blog.mozilla.org/en/products/firefox/fresh-new-look-for-firefox/ the latest changes were based on user feedback, so there's a good chance they will be do something if you send your feedback using the feedback tool as well.

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@Chris

I doubt very much that users were asking to make the interface unreadable ;)

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Hi reloac, Nanette is the person who asked the original question, and this thread should be devoted to helping her with whatever problems she has with the new version.

If you're having a issue, it would be best to use https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new where volunteers can get more details about your setup.

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pg_78 said

Chris Ilias said

But the issue that Nanette is raising is the lack of contrast between different inactive tabs. I think addressing this is now only technically possible using userChrome.css?

According to this documentation, as of Firefox 89, it's no longer possible for a theme to set the tab_background_separator. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions/manifest.json/theme

I experimented a bit with this. The Firefox Color extension does still allow you to "set" a Tab Background Separator color. However, whatever you set here is ignored in FF89, unless you put code into your userChrome.css to access this value. So users who don't want to write CSS code (something which of course should be 100% optional!) won't be able to bring back the separators between inactive tabs.

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