XF 1.x Color palette inconsistent defaults?

AlexT

Registered
Hi there,

I am still learning more about XF theme styling. :) One thing I find requires quite some trial and error is figuring out what style property is responsible for what.

Specifically, in the Color Palette group, there are a total of 38 style properties defining various colors. I purchased the Core theme, and it appears that a large part of these defined properties is no used by default in the theme properties. Rather they are "hard-coded" via the color picker.

For example, I tried to change the default color of the main post text. I thought that one of the 38 color style properties should be responsible for the color (you'd think @contentText is the right one) - but as it turns out, the color is a custom color chosen via the color picker (to be found in the message layout property group). Is there a reason for this? This makes it much more difficult to change colors consistently throughout the theme, and it makes the purpose of the color palette with its 38 style properties somewhat less clear.

Cheers
 

Russ

Pixel Exit Staff
We made a decision awhile back to increase the color palette options for sheer flexibility. Rather than using "primarylighter" for all border colors, we created our own. In regards to the text color, that needs to be adjusted to contentText. I think by default XenForo doesn't even set it so it's just a mistake on our part.

While the color palette may look intimidating ideally the properties you should change if anything would be our custom ones.
 

AlexT

Registered
We made a decision awhile back to increase the color palette options for sheer flexibility. Rather than using "primarylighter" for all border colors, we created our own. In regards to the text color, that needs to be adjusted to contentText. I think by default XenForo doesn't even set it so it's just a mistake on our part.

While the color palette may look intimidating ideally the properties you should change if anything would be our custom ones.
Thanks Russ. It makes sense to extend the color palette. I was just surprised to find the "hard-coded" value in something as elementary as the message text color (#414141). I am glad to hear it wasn't intentional, because it makes it easier for me to understand. ;)
 

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