https://www.duolingo.com/seal.

Duo should have a dark theme option!

This new layout is so bright on my eyes. I have the monitor's brightness down all the way yet it still hurts to look at the website. There should be a high contrast option or some kind of skins/theme customization feature.

March 27, 2019

78 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SharonPete252855

I'm 62, with "weird vision" for an elder. My eyes are better suited for journeys through cyberspace than for finding my computer in the first place. (Rhyme unintentional, but not changin' it.)

Duo's new look? It actually works for me ... BUT ... I know a lot of folks, some of whom are waaayyy younger than me, who are at a major disadvantage when it comes to "cool" site design trends. That's plain wrong.

WHY CAN'T THESE SITES give all of us choices in brightness, contrast, coloration and size? Want your site to have a trendy default look? Fine! Know what's even finer? Accessibility -- and that means, provide choices beyond the default.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tio_Hector

There is Chrome and Dark Reader extension to it (thank you, susanstory!) that does exactly what you need: brightness, contrast, sepia, greyscale for any website. Maybe you will need some help with setting it up, but maybe you won't. Anyway, I think it will suit you pretty well.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Celtic_Lady

I use these & am very greatful for them! Dark Reader lets you choose what you need which is very nice.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

I am not sure duolingo is accessible for the blind or visually handicapped, but I too have weird vision where bright lights are too much for my 58 year old eyes. I have cataracts too and that affects how I see Duolingo's site. I have a two-monitor setup which also must be too much light for me as sometimes I do graphic design and felt like having two monitors. I wouldn't recommend a dual monitor setup for those with sensitive eyes. What was I thinking?

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Gregorio709933,
I'm just coming back from 3 months away. So, my info might be outdated. But, last I was aware before I left, Duolingo worked with some screen readers for people who have low vision or are legally blind. It was a little clunky to use but still made completing courses possible (at least via the website. I don't know about the apps.) We had a legally blind person in our community who had been using the courses with a screen reader for 4-5 years last I heard from him towards the end of last year. :)

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

I knew someone who used a screen reader as well. there are totally blind people that I heard about on the news that don't use a monitor at all and the voice reads it to them. Not sure how well that works or how.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

I use Dark Reader extension for Chrome and Pinhole glasses for the computer, instead of my prescription glasses. You can use pinhole glasses if you don't need more than 6 diopters.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Yves--

Thanks for the tip, this looks like a good option and am trying it out

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Yves--

All thanks to susanstory, guys. I'm enjoying this extension A LOT. Sometimes I have it dark, but I also have it set up for the forum as a pleasant gray. Anyone can set it up just as they want:

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

thanks. So much better than being blinded by the bright light which is the computer.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

Thank you for this :)

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bastixlz

Thank you very much!

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Corbyn-Besson12

WHAT DA HECK???!!!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mshieldsmd

reeeeeee

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jelaagc

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeê

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

Holy smokes this add on works better than any Duo specific dark mode plugin that I've used. Excellent recommendation.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tio_Hector

Oh, thank you for the tip, Dark Reader is very good. And its settings are great -- contrast, sepia, hotkeys. I can do anything with it! Nothing can stop me now, the world will be mine, MUAHAHA!

Khm, sorry, got carried away. Here, take a lingot. Thanks again!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tr0lldr0id

Excellent! I've been waiting for a true dark theme for Chrome for a very long time, instead of simply something that changes the new tab! You, sir, are to be commended!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/QuiteNameless

The Dark Reader extension is also available for Firefox.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/aelffred

Dark Reader

Great recommendation. It even works for every site. Thank you so much!

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/David31008

Thanks!! Great recommendation :)

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Is_A_Skeleton

Thanks for the recommendation. I haven't heard of Dark Reader before and it sure beats having various Stylus themes per website.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/stewacide

My precious (userstyles) dark theme wasn't working for the new site design (worked great before), but Dark Reader did the trick. Still, I'd much prefer they just roll back the changes, the look was just much nicer all-around before.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/..WY..

Thank you very much for the recommendation! I am now using Dark Reader extension for Firefox and it works!

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kdhy11

ok -- I feel like a dummy. Could someone please leave a link to Dark Reader that allows a download? I tried searched (I use Firefox) and came up with the Firefox extension here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/darkreader/?src=search

PROBLEM: It says "Only available with Firefox -- donwload Firefox now" (I already have Firefox). I I tried the download -- Dark Reader is nowhere to be found, not even with a search under my Apps list. Even CNet just re-directs to the same website above.

As I sit with streaming eyes (f.lux "Cave Painting" setting helps, but the dark would be welcome), I rrrreally want to try Dark Reader for Firefox.

Help??

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tio_Hector

What version of the Fox do you use? I have version 66.0.2, and everything seems to be okay. Big blue button "Add to Firefox" is there.

What about other add-ons, do you have problems with them too?

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kdhy11

I'm also using 66.0.2 -- and the (new, unneeded) download of 66.0.2 did not include the Dark Reader extension (I double-checked in FF settings > extensions).

And a note to Jan978645:

I used exactly the page you cited in your message -- but there's no "download" button for Dark Reader. I can only find one download button on the page, in the box that says "Only with Firefox" and "Get Firefox now."

All I want is a button that will allow me to download the Dark Reader extension.

Help???

CNet downloads page just links to the same page Jan978645 cited. The Dark Reader home page also links to that same (buttonless) web page.

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tio_Hector

(this is a stupid question, but, you know...) Are you sure you open the link in Firefox, not in another browser? I bet you do, but just make sure.

Anyway, do this: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-reset-default-user-agent-firefox

It should help. Let me know.

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hardrockhamster

is there one for firefox too?

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

Yes there is one for firefox, too. for the title bar I am using Midnight Lizard which makes the rest of the browser dark too. It is a strange name, but it works nonetheless and is midnight lizard it also tweakable if that a word.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/strmzzz

You're a lifesaver, this is exactly what I've been looking for. Until now I've been using f.lux but it just doesn't seem to be enough for me lately!

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jrkibby

I agree. I can't do as many lessons as I used to because my eyes ache from the brightness after just a short session.

March 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky

This has been asked for many times in the forums. Duo is obviously aware of the requests given their latest social media posting. However, for reasons they have not seen fit to disclose, they have not decided to offer a dark mode.

I really wish they would change their minds. Like many other users, I find Duo hard to use at night and I have cut back my progress accordingly.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tr0lldr0id

Of course, if the Duolingo devs actually watched the forums for suggestions, we would have quite a lot of things other than just dark mode. But, sadly...

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordan405343

I am so disappointed by this thread. I thought it would be about dressing the owl in Goth or vampire outfits...

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

Perhaps duo could come back as a black crow. That would be cool and different.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlotte_Greek

Haha! That would be pretty amazing!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tr0lldr0id

Duo has an evil twin brother... :o

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Corbyn-Besson12

that'd be great!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/seal.

that's the one owl outfit i'd be excited spend my lingots on haha

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/V_Reynolds

Please let us switch back to the old color scheme. I have two ids, one with the new layout and one with the old. Definitely prefer the old because the new one hurts one's eyes.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Daidozan

or at least the option to switch back to the old layout...

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ljredux

Dark mode should ideally be delegated to browsers and operating systems, and that is exactly what is happening. If you're using a Mac then the latest version of Chrome (73.0) already has a dark mode. Windows users will get it in version 74.0 of Chrome which will hopefully be here shortly.

The latest major Windows 10 update came with dark mode but I'm not sure if it's available in MS Edge so that might be worth checking out. Knowing Microsoft's attitude to consistency, I'd put money on there being no dark mode in Edge yet.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tr0lldr0id

Do you know anything about ChromeOS/Linux on this?

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ljredux

I don't know about ChromeOS, but Linux is getting dark mode in v74. of Chrome too.

A new CSS tag concerning dark mode has been proposed to the W3C, so hopefully this is well on the way to becoming standardised and web developers will be highly conscious of the fact that they may lose traffic if they don't cater to both modes.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Corbyn-Besson12

yes they definetely should!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mafatu

Skins would be good. Maybe we could buy them in the store??

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky

Woot! Dark mode on an iPad by following these instructions:

https://www.igeeksblog.com/how-to-enable-dark-mode-iphone-ipad/

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cartwheelcool

yes i completely agree

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanDanie596406

My eyes hurt :\

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/StudentAndMogul

You can always 'invert colours' on your phone.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

I agree. I like the new look, but my eyes are protesting.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hello kiyomice! It's been a while ^_^

I have very light sensitive eyes. Part of my prescription in fact is sunglasses. Quite a while ago, someone on Duolingo told me about f.lux. It's a free browser extension and there is also a phone app. I don't know how many platforms it covers. I use Windows 10 Chrome on my laptop and Android on my phone. But, I think I recall there being an ios version. Cool thing is it's free. I hope this helps with the brightness!

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

There is a thing called nightlight on Windows 10 which I used to use but late at night everything on the screen turned pink which I didn't much care for. The dark reader is so much nicer. So many apps have dark themes like Photoshop, InDesign and Gimp which is a free graphics program. I like all the dark themes, but at first I thought they were very strange. I used to think why would someone want a dark theme until my eyes started seeing images even after seeing them on the computer. Then i knew why.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

There used to be an add-on script supplied by one of the duolingo users that turned the theme into white text on black. It was great; I used it all the time, and it made a difference. However, successive duolingo updates broke it. :-( If there was a duo-supported official dark theme, I'd certainly applaud it and switch over to it.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/rondelaron

this would make me really happy

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CoD_LiTe

Ja!

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NerdyQwerty

That sounds kind of cool.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2

How is the new layout any brighter than the previous? Looks just as white and grey for me.

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

The Dark Reader extension was installed but then turned every site I go to dark - even ones that didn't require it because the backgrounds weren't even all that light. I tried to specify site, but it only allowed me to do it with one Duolingo page. Well, that doesn't work considering I go through multiple pages here. Also I tried the "click to enable" option, but when I visit a site, there's no option to click, so that was useless.

I agree with the suggestion that we should have a Dark Theme, and leave it at that. YouTube does it. Twitter does it. Those sites are terrible for white backgrounds. I don't want to have to compromise what I do online on every single site just because Duolingo happens to be too bright.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregorio709933

there are options on the dark reader to turn it on slightly by clicking on the light option and adjusting the sliders on it. Switch the button on but select the "Light button to the right of the "Dark" button near the top of the dark screen app.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/george.vlachos

I totally agree, best would be for Duolingo to release a properly supported dark theme!

In the meantime I wrote a script to change colors that mostly works ;) https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31485177

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nettle.spring

I totally agree, I have a dark theme on 90% of my apps, and the visual of Duolingo hurts my eyes so much , it's either I suffer or I don't use Duolingo. I hope Duolingo aids our eyes a lovely black screen, or maybe a darker theme.

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nahtekecb

that's a good idea

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

XD <- ME: looking at the profile pic of seal and reading 'dark theme' You totally deserve another lingot :p

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NerdyQwerty

I think they used to have the skins.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RieKumar

I forgot that Duo was originally a light theme lol. I used Dark Reader extension for so long that I never noticed.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/riattemix

agree!!!

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FC_Barcelona_EGB

Please look at this discussion!!! https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31541129

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidBorisuk

just download the dark theme extension for google

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndesSky

Dear Mods and influencers,

Please help communicate to the can-do. For now, all it needs IMHO is to change the colour values on a table of constants to turn the/some colours down to less bright (even if just one value of bright white background? but designers can determine this).

Notes 1) This thread scores higher in up-votes than other current 'Popular', controversies, and stickies; yet isn't in Popular so not noticeable. 2) We're at the last blip on turning down brightness on our screens so it makes sense for Duo to please turn down at the source (instead of millions of us doing the semi-ok workaround.

Addendum. A story of some parallel, partly for amusement:
I was working in hobbiton land and heard the history that our building on the hill was originally designed to be a taller building which would appear as Darth Vader might for all to wake up to. The boss flew in one day and said lop it off to 2-storey. And immediately, whooosh... it became a 2-storey.

April 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Qrystral

oh yes yes yeah yeah

March 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/roo_0m

Yes sub to pewdiepie

March 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Corbyn-Besson12

haha

March 28, 2019
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