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Text shadow on tab links

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Trombones13, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    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
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  2. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Text shadows work wonders, when implemented properly.
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  3. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    They were part of my original design, but Chrome made such a mess of text-shadow effects I disabled it in the end. Thankfully I found a workaround last night, so now the shadows are in place.
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  4. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    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.
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  5. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    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.
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  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Allan

    Allan Well-Known Member

    I preferred before ..

    I think the text with the shadow is harder to read.
  8. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    I like it. It's obvious on this crappy work monitor but will likely look better at home.
  9. Sami

    Sami Well-Known Member

    IMHO this is harder to read on the gradient.
  10. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm undecided on whether or not it will stay. I had grown used to the non-shadow version.
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  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Likewise, I think o_O
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  12. GofD

    GofD Well-Known Member

    Kier, did you make the change on the master, or is there another style on which we can look and compare?
  13. GofD

    GofD Well-Known Member

    Well, quick look says master. Master says, 'Don't look at Gruesome Colors style.'
  14. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I like it and find it easy to read.

    It draws attention to the buttons in a good way, almost inviting to click on them.
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  15. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I can understand that and I don't know how to put this, I'm even finding XF's default skin a bit outdated.
    I think I just spent too much time here.
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  16. krstep

    krstep Active Member

    I prefer the way they are now, even though I was used to the previous. They should have been like this from the beginning :)
  17. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member


    The new styling doesn't seem to add readability for me, rather more complexity.
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  18. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    It looks better on my Mac at home than my PC at work.
  19. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but I fail to grasp how the top image is more readable than the bottom...the reverse is true for me.
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  20. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    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.

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