Is Safari Automatic Dark Mode working for you?

Yoms

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Jun 1, 2016
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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?
 

Yoms

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Jun 1, 2016
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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.
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.
 

Ritsuka

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Sep 3, 2006
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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.
 

Yoms

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Jun 1, 2016
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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.
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.
 

steve23094

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Apr 23, 2013
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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.
If iOS 13 ends up with a dark mode I suspect this will greatly accelerate adoption.
 
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