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Apart from the answer given, I would like to mention one very important Use Case where the solution is nothing BUT shadows. Text on an image When you don't have control over the image on top of which you are writing text, you have to ensure proper contrast for best readability. A Big hero Image seems to be rage these days. A dark shadow is added behind ...


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In some situations a drop shadow or stroke can be used to maximise accessibility and maintain the contrast ratio between text and the background. I have used this method once or twice when dealing with strict brand guidelines that demanded non-conforming colour combinations. It is mentioned as a technique for meeting the SC 1.4.3 (Contrast) criterion of ...


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To me, the answer is yes, especially for dark themed sites. Here are some images from a site that I designed for my brother's roofing company. He wanted an all dark theme. So I gave him a dark gray background, some off white and gray body texts, all with darker CSS3 shadows. ( Small caveat: the images actually came out darker than the site actually is when ...


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I'm breaking down the UX part of this into two things: Javascript running in browser speed of CSS vs. speed of jQuery mobile loading The first one is easy: people don't really disable CSS, but they do disable Javascript, so you're more likely to have a compatible website if you avoid Javascript and use CSS. However, hardly anyone disables Javascript - ...


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It can, by increasing the contrast between the text and the background, which is its primary purpose. jsFiddle for actual demo ...


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"It's all about how you load your content and how you fall back gracefully." Your answer probably lies in both, so first let's talk about: The HTML5 Shiv The HTML5 Shiv enables use of HTML5 sectioning elements in legacy Internet Explorer and provides basic HTML5 styling for Internet Explorer 6-9, Safari 4.x (and iPhone 3.x), and Firefox 3.x. ...


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Text shadows can make text pop but do not make text more readable. I'll concede that adding text shadows around white text on a white background will make the text more readable since anything is more readable than invisible. I disagree, however, that using text shadows around black text on a white background is more readable than simply black text on a ...



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