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