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I like dark themes a lot, but I cannot use them with satisfaction: it often happens that I need to fill in a form on a web page (gmail login, for instance, or even here in stackexchange: the question tags), and I cannot read what I'm writing.

I think this is due to the fact the toolkit will render the text with light colors, while the website CSS are usually written under the assumption that the text will be rendered with dark colors. Example:

You don't see the "hello there" in the username box...

You don't see the "hello there" in the username box...

I think this is a general problem, so I'm wondering if there's some graphical theme for the browser (in my case Firefox, but any answer is probably useful) which would allow me to fix this problem.

Thanks for your help :)


This answer I chose was good for my case, but still probably you want to add more resources. Also see the related question: How can I over-ride website themes to surf with a 'dark' theme

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marked as duplicate by Dave, Tog, Breakthrough, Mokubai, Dave M Sep 12 '13 at 12:55

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What OS are you using? Linux? What theme are you changing, your browser's or your desktop's? Is this Gnome? Cinnamon? –  terdon Sep 10 '13 at 14:04
Yeah, I forgot. This is xfce. But I think the question is valid also for other desktop environments. –  Dacav Sep 10 '13 at 18:30
I was asking if you are using Linux or OSX or Windows or whatever. GTK has been ported to various systems. –  terdon Sep 10 '13 at 18:51
Oh, right. GNU/Linux. That said, I don't think many people will run xfce4 on windows - even if this is definitely possible. –  Dacav Sep 11 '13 at 6:55

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Sometimes Usage Of System Colors May make the text visible

To Make this :

1) Navigate to Tools-->options

2) choose Colors

3) Check System Colors and click ok

Sometimes it might help, Not sure this might clarify your issue.

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This answer is 80% what I was searching for. Sometimes forcing the page to take the system colors could ruin the surfing experience, so in order to achieve 100% I suggest using the "Color Toggle" extension (in Firefox). –  Dacav Sep 10 '13 at 18:33

You can use Gresaemonkey and change the way the HTML/CSS is rendered (over write the website code). You may have to do this per site or you may be OK to do this for the control, that's up to you. So, you could have something similar to

input[type="text"]{color:#333;}/*Ensures the textbox's colour is always very very dark grey/black */

Allows you to customize the way a web page displays or behaves, by using small bits of JavaScript.

Hundreds of scripts, for a wide variety of popular sites, are already available at http://userscripts.org.

You can write your own scripts, too. Check out http://wiki.greasespot.net/ to get started.

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