10 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: Reinhard Engel, Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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(3 attachments)



10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; de; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008061004 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; de; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008061004 Firefox/3.0

The icons in the toolbar are missing their color (all stay gray all the time)
Especially the backward and forward buttons stay gray, even if there are forwrd and backward pages available.

Reproducible: Always
Do you use the original Theme or a Third-Party one ?

Comment 2

10 years ago
I use the original Theme as downloaded.
This is the first report about such a problem and I'm a little bit unsure what the problem could be if all buttons are affected (including stop,reload and homepage).

If you open Firefox (close it first), do you see errors in Tools/Error Console ?
Can you please also try to run Firefox in the Firefox safemode to see if it makes a difference ?

Comment 4

10 years ago
Tools/Error Console shows the following error (I'am using the German version of Firefox):
Fehler: Warning: unrecognized command line flag -foreground
Quelldatei: file:///Applications/          Zeile: 661 

Comment 5

10 years ago
Starting Firefox in safemode does not make a difference.
The toolbar buttons work as expected but don't show any colors (they stay gray).

BTW: Would a screenshot be helpful? How could I include one?
You can add a screenshot here but it's not needed in this case. 
For the future : after you created a bug, you can use the "add an attachment" link in this bug report just under the bug header to add a screenshot which should be in a grahic format (gif, jpg, png) and not be .pdf (for OSX users) or .doc (windows users) if possible.

I really have no clue what's wrong but you could do a last test, create an additional test profile :

Comment 7

10 years ago
Using a different test profile does not make a difference.
I have no further idea what could be wrong. Thanks for doing all the tests.
Maybe someone else has an idea.....

Comment 9

10 years ago
May be you could compare the code with the last 2.x version of Firefox. There, everything worked fine.
Firefox2 is 3 years old (!), 3 years of development and you are the first one with such a problem. ( I could not find another report with such a problem)
Many people tested Firefox3 and it alpha, beta and RC versions on OS X and that is the reason why I don't understand that it's not working for you.

Did you try to download Firefox3 again, the dmg could be somehow damaged ?


Comment 11

10 years ago
Sorry, it's not my fault.
I downloaded my version of Firefox the day before yesterday and was irritated, that I didn't see the usual green color of the backward button.

But to try it out, I just downloaded it again and did a fresh install without any add-ons. To no avail. The buttons are and remain still gray. 
What I didn't mention before: The problem affects only the four leftmost buttons (backward/forward, reload, stop loading, and home). The address field and the search field (the Google field) do show their normal icon colors.
Component: Toolbars → Theme
QA Contact: toolbars → theme

Comment 12

10 years ago
does the toolbar look like this?

Comment 13

10 years ago
Yes, exactly!
isn't that the default theme ?
I thought you meant that all the buttons are in the disabled state like forward/backward buttons.
The homepage and reload buttons in the screenshot are enabled and it looks exactly like it should.

Comment 15

10 years ago
In the screenshots the homepage and reload buttons ARE disabled! in the Windows version of Firefox 3.0 the reload button is blue, and the homepage button is white with a yellow roof. The forward/backward button turns green if a respective page is available.

May be you were looking at the problem all the time, but didn't recognize the problem as such (because you have no Firefox on Windows to compare?). The screenshot shows the problem!


Comment 16

10 years ago
Created attachment 326930 [details]
Icons of Firefox 3.0 under Windows

That's the way the icons look on Windows and (I guess) should look on Mac OS.

Comment 17

10 years ago
One of Firefox 3's new features is a different look for each OS. MAC will *not* look the same as Windows, nor Linux.  If Firefox on your computer looks like the picture and functions as intended this bug is INVAILD.  So..

Does your toolbar look like the picture?

Do your buttons work?

Comment 18

10 years ago
No, my toolbar does not look like my picture.
I created the picture with Firefox 3.0 using Bootcamp/Windows.
The bug pertains to Firefox 3.0 using Mac OS X.

The buttons work, but the intended feedback (that should be given by the colors) does not work.

I don't want Firefox look the same for each OS. I just don't want to lose the visual feedback - tell me, if I expect too much. That's not a religion...

Comment 19

10 years ago
Created attachment 326972 [details]
Deactivated address field - gray

Apparently some controls in the toolbar know how to behave.
The screenshots shows a deactivated address field.

Comment 20

10 years ago
Created attachment 326974 [details]
Same address field activae with colors

The next picture shows the same field with colors.
It boils down to the question: Which usability guidelines does Mozilla want to implement.
I'm a windows user and saw a sreenshot once form the OS X theme before this bug.

At your screenshots, all buttons are enabled except the forward one (black vs grey).
At your last screenshot the firefox window seems to be inactive because the three buttons used in OS X for minimizing, closing are disabled.
The design changed in Firefox3 to follow the whole OS X look, the windows theme is different between vista and XP. Mozilla trys to follow the design form the OS.

I will mark this invalid because we just follow the OS look and feel.
Sorry that i didn't noticed what you meant. I thought you had a problem that all buttons are in the disabled state.
Your problem can be solved because you can use a custom theme from, for example a FF2 theme for FF3 :
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 22

10 years ago
Oh, well - shades of gray to distinguish states of buttons! (I'm not even getting a real black for an active button.) But: I won't argue with the usability gods of Apple. Thanks for the tip! Issue closed, at least for me...
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