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

    Jun 1, 2016

    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

    Sep 3, 2006
    Yes, the website has to be modified to support the automatica switch.
  3. Yoms thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2016
    But then what's automatic? What's the new feature about?
  4. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    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

    Jun 1, 2016
    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

    Sep 3, 2006
    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

    Jun 1, 2016
    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


    Nov 2, 2018
    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


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

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