theme_experiment

Type Object
Mandatory No
Example
"theme_experiment": {
  "stylesheet": "style.css",
  "colors": {
    "popup_affordance": "--arrowpanel-dimmed"
  },
  "images": {
    "theme_toolbar": "--toolbar-bgimage"
  },
  "properties": {
    "toolbar_image_alignment":
    "--toolbar-bgalignment"
  }
}

This key enables the definition of experimental theme key properties for the Firefox interface. These experiments are a precursor to proposing new theme features for inclusion in Firefox. Experimentation is done by:

  • creating a stylesheet that defines mappings between internal CSS selectors for Firefox UI elements and arbitrary CSS variables. The CSS variables are then mapped in the colors, images, and properties objects to new theme key properties.
  • (without a stylesheet) using colors, images, and properties to map internal Firefox CSS selectors, such as --arrowpanel-dimmed to new theme key properties. This option limits experimentation to UI components that are associated with an inbuilt CSS variable.

To discover the CSS selectors for Firefox UI elements or internal Firefox CSS variables use the browser toolbox.

This key is only available for use in Firefox Developer Edition and Firefox Nightly channels and requires the extensions.legacy.enabled preference to be enabled.

This feature is experimental and could be subject to change.

Syntax

The theme_experiment key is an object that takes the following properties:

Name Type Description
stylesheet String

Optional

Name of a stylesheet providing mapping of Firefox UI element CSS selectors to CSS variables.

images Object

Optional

Mappings of CSS variables (as defined in Firefox or by the stylesheet defined in stylesheet) to images property names for use in the theme key.

colors Object

Optional

Mappings of CSS variables (as defined in Firefox or by the stylesheet defined in stylesheet) to colors property names for use in the theme key.

properties Object

Optional

Mappings of CSS variables (as defined in Firefox or by the stylesheet defined in stylesheet) to properties property names for use in the theme key.

Examples

This example uses a stylesheet named style.css to provide the ability to set a color for the browser reload button in the theme key.

The stylesheet defines:

#reload-button {
  fill: var(--reload-button-color);
}

where #reload-button is the Firefox internal CSS selector for the reload button and --reload-button-color is an arbitrary name.

In the manifest.json file, --reload-button-color is then mapped to the name to be used in the theme colors property:

"theme_experiment": {
  "stylesheet": "style.css",
  "colors": {
    "reload_button": "--reload-button-color"
  }
}

The argument reload_button is used in the same way as any other theme property:

"theme": {
  "colors": {
    "reload_button": "orange"
  }
}

This has the effect of making the reload icon orange.

Outcome of a theme experiment, showing the reload button colored orange.

This property can also be used in browser.theme.update(). images and properties work in a similar way to colors.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxOperaFirefox for Android
theme_experimentChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 63Opera No support NoFirefox Android No support No
colorsChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 63Opera No support NoFirefox Android No support No
imagesChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 63Opera No support NoFirefox Android No support No
propertiesChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 63Opera No support NoFirefox Android No support No

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