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On Feb 24, 2016, Microsoft announced a new client-side theming engine for first release users. This new feature reduces the steps and time needed to apply custom themes. This speeds up development and introduces some unique use cases like client-defined theming or theming to match some dynamic event. Compare this with the old style theming engine where annotated CSS styles are compiled after using "Settings > Change the look" and remain static until the next manual theme change.
Using server-side theming:
More info here.
Using client-side theming:
The Microsoft announcement here appears to be dead, so see Elio's post here on details how to check if you have client-side theming enabled and how to dynamically register your CSS. Also, see this post on three ways how to use your custom CSS with the engine.
To enable the client-side theming engine, you need to enable First Release. In O365, go to:
In SharePoint Online, run the following function:
If it returns true, then client-side theming is enabled and you're good to go!
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