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Text shadow on tab links

Trombones13

Well-known member
#1
I like it! :D

XF Navtab Shadow.png

Glad to see the change, since it's something I had already implemented in my theme. :)

p.s. we need a "I like this new XF thing!" thread...this doesn't really need a whole thread, haha :p
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#4
I thought that changed but I couldn't quite put my finger on what changed. I personally prefer the old (without text shadow) but at least I know now I'm not going bonkers.
 

steven s

Well-known member
#5
To be honest, I didn't notice until I looked closely.
I'm not that observant.
Kinda looks like embossed letters but I am finding them difficult to read.
Probably just my +50 year old eye balls.
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#6
To be honest, I didn't notice until I looked closely.
I'm not that observant.
Kinda looks like embossed letters but I am finding them difficult to read.
Probably just my +50 year old eye balls.
I'm probably wrong here but because of the light gradient and the text being white, the need to give it more prominence was needed and was actually implemented to entice readability. For me personally, I have a dark enough gradient that doesn't warrant a text shadow, and the light text on a dark gradient within my custom style looks fine without it.

The main issue (rather than just say I don't like it) and give the reason why. The text feels like it's hovering over the gradient (if that makes at all sense) and thus doesn't feel like it's sitting slap bang on the gradient. That's just me, though I tend to be a bit anal about the little things that others would likely overlook.

Either way, I can understand why this was introduced, and I also feel it's one of those things you like or don't which conveys across that your not going to make everyone happy. I'm fine with it personally, not a biggie that destroys my browsing experience.
 

Kier

XenForo Developer
Staff member
#20
Sorry, but I fail to grasp how the top image is more readable than the bottom...the reverse is true for me.
I can see the argument either way to be honest. I suspect that Mac browsers do a better job with the shadow than Windows versions too... so I'll need to check that out. It looks pretty dreadful in the screengrab in the first post to this thread.

Right now I'm 50-50 over whether to keep the change or not. I seem to like and dislike it with equal frequency when I view the navigation bar.