Is Safari Automatic Dark Mode working for you?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Yoms, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Yoms macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I have macOS 10.14.4 that brings this Safari feature:
    Adds Dark Mode support for websites that support custom color schemes

    So, I expected websites such as YouTube, Twitter, DuckDuckGo (that feature a dark theme/night mode) to be... well... dark. And that's not the case. I have to manually turn on that option on these websites. It's not the default rendering.

    Were my expectations wrong?
     
  2. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the website has to be modified to support the automatica switch.
     
  3. Yoms thread starter macrumors member

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    But then what's automatic? What's the new feature about?
     
  4. martyjmclean macrumors 6502

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    If the website supports standard colour schemes, it's automatic. Unfortunately this "feature" is useless, most websites use their own colour schemes and Safari's 6% market share is not going to persuade anyone.
     
  5. Yoms thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, got it. But I thought Safari feature was more clever than that by really analysing the CSS and "understand/detect" the dark colour schemes used by the website.
     
  6. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    No, the feature simply tells the website "hey I prefer dark/normal", if the website do nothing with this info, nothing will happen.
     
  7. Yoms thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks. Yes I found it. It's a CSS query indeed. I thought it the other way around : after downloading the CSS files form the website, Safari would look into all of them in order to find it there's a dark scheme and will render it preferably.
     
  8. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    The css media query in question is being adopted by other browsers, so expect sites to start supporting it over the coming months.
     
  9. steve23094 macrumors 68020

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    If iOS 13 ends up with a dark mode I suspect this will greatly accelerate adoption.
     

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