Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I like Classic Compact because it frees up pixels on my small 13" laptop. However, the color options are severely limited because they are integrated into the color choices for vista. Basically the color of the theme changes when you change the color of "3D Objects" in Windows Vista. So if i want to make CC match the dark color of the task bar, I choose a dark color for 3D Objects. Unfortunately this makes the default text color (black) difficult to read. But, changing the text color to a lighter one like gray or white, makes it nearly impossible to read in regular work. I'd say part of the problem is Vista, which uses one color of text for everything, but part of the problem is also the add on, since you can't change the color independently of the OS.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0).
This is a Vista issue and beyond the scope of Classic Compact Options
As was pointed out the color problems are a Windows Vista issue. This is not an issue with Classic Compact Options and the requested functionality is well beyond the scope of what was intended for this theme.
By design, Classic Compact uses the OS system colors as does the default Firefox theme. Since the OS is supposed to provide the user with the ability to change system colors, the theme should not override the OS settings. A great deal of effort was exerted to make sure that Classic Compact and Classic Compact Options did not over ride OS system colors.
Providing the ability for Classic Compact Options to override OS system colors would require an excessive amount of programming effort and would not be used very often. Quite literally programming this feature into Classic Compact Options could take a week or more of programming time to get it right. This is way more time than I am prepared to commit to this project since I've already spent a good two months preparing Classic Compact for Firefox 3.0 and developing Classic Compact Options.
The problem you describe would most likely effect other custom themes running on Windows Vista, not just Classic Compact. As such, if this is a serious issue, then it would be better addressed by finding someone with a Windows Vista computer who could develop separate add-on that focuses exclusively on this issue. Alternatively, you could probably find someone over on the MozillaZine.org forums who could provide you with some CSS instructions you could save in your userConfig.css file to make the theme color changes you want.