Theme

The Theme plugin is a default Quick Brick plugin added to all mobile and TV apps.

The function of the Quick Brick Theme plugin is:

  • To migrate SDK keys for assets, fonts, labels, colours out of the platform SDK and have them configurable in a Quick Brick plugin

  • To provide base values for assets, colours, fonts and labels out of the box that can then be modified

  • Replace the current hard-coded values for an App's design grid with configurable settings for spacing, margins, gutters etc.

  • Allow to extend and customise per app the available design tokens without impacting the SDK

  • Provide a consistent way for plugins to reuse the app’s design tokens, and have consistent fallbacks when some values are not found

  • Make configuration available at run time eliminating the need for the multiple App builds that native Zapp developers are familiar with

Currently supported Theme tokens for mobile apps

The exact tokens supported in the default theme plugin will increase over time. This is what is currently supported:

Spacing Presets

Spacing values can be used to inject values into components/screens so that they have consistent spacing from screen to screen. These values can be overridden in a component plugin if desired, otherwise the components take the values provided by the Theme plugin

Spacing presets are explained in the following illustrations:

Theme Defaults

Screen Padding

Property NameDefault Value
screen-padding-top0
screen-padding-bottom48
screen-padding-left0
screen-padding-right0

Component Margin

Property NameDefault Value
component-margin-top0
component-margin-bottom20

Component Padding

Property NameDefault Value
component-padding-left16
component-padding-right16
component-padding-top0
component-padding-bottom0

Component Gutter

Property NameDefault Value
component-gutter-vertical16
component-gutter-horizontal13

Background Presets

App background colours can be added here as well as app background images (where applicable - at present only TV apps utilise background images).

DescriptionProperty NameDefault Value
Colorapp-background-color#161B29
Background Imageapp-background-imageNot supported yet

Status Bar Presets

The background colour of the status bar can be altered here along with the ‘theme’ of the status bar contents.

DescriptionProperty NameDefault Value
Background Colorstatus-background-color#161B29
Themestatus-themeDark (white status bar contents)

Status bar theme illustration from Apple:

Asset Zip Upload

Not currently supported

note

a new version rebuild is required when changing the Zip file.

Currently supported Theme tokens for TV apps

note

The Theme Plugin only applies to TV apps using Quick Brick SDK 5.0.0 or later

Safe Area for TV screens

It is important to only place focus content within the safe area of a TV screen. Due to historic issues with TV screens, content outside of this area cannot be guaranteed to be visible on all TV screens.

The general rule is do not place focus content less than 90px from the left and right edges or less than 60px from the top and bottom edges.

It is OK for navigation methods such as scrolling to place out of focus content at the screen edges

Large images for poster type presentations can also go outside of the safe area but the images should be art-worked to only have critical information such as embedded text or other important visual content inside the safe area.

Component Padding Left and Right

Default Values 90px

Component-Padding-Left & Right is used to space components away from the edges of the screen. A minimum of 90px (safe area) should be used here to ensure content is visible on all screens.

Anchor Point

Default Value 200px

The anchor-point defines the Y Position (measured from the top of the screen) of component positioning when in focus.

In the example, both rails are positioned at 200px from the top when they are in focus. This value can be overridden on a component by component basis.

The anchor point will be obeyed by the header if one is present in a component group.

Component Gutters

Default Value 24px

Vertical gutters are used to add space between items in a row.

Horizontal gutters are used to add space between columns.

Component Margins

Default Value 0px (left and right) and 90px (bottom)

Component Margins are used to distance components from one another on a screen. Here we have a component-margin-bottom of 90px.

Screen Margin Top

Default Value 200px

Screen-Margin-Top is used to define an area at the top of the screen where content is clipped when scrolling down through the UI.

In the example you can see that the previous row of content (item 1...4)can no longer be seen on the screen. If the Screen Margin Top was set to ‘0’ then you would see this previous row (item 1...4) underneath the top menu.

App Background Color

Sets the background color of the app but most apps are constructed with an app background image loaded as an asset in Zapp.

App assets

Not currently used

Loading Spinner

This is the color of the spinner seen whilst content is loading in a screen. (The app loading spinner is set in the style keys within Zapp)