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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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Based on UX.Movement: Why Text in All Caps is Hard for Users to Read The reason of the worse readability of uppercase vs lowercase is the lower contrast of shape. Small caps still has worse contrast of shape than lower case, so it will still be less readable. There're also some relationship with familiarity, taking into account that for sure more of a ...


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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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There are two theories/explanations for why text in All Caps is harder to read. One says that it's because of the less unique word shapes, and the other says that it's because it's less common. Small Caps suffers from both these problems - it has a generic word shape and it's even less common than All Caps. So whichever of the "all caps" theories may be ...


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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 was common knowledge that humans read words as a shape until Ph. D Susan Weinschenk informed the community in her article 100 Things You Should Know About People: #19 — It’s a Myth That All Capital Letters Are Inherently Harder to Read that the shape theory is wrong: It’s parallel letter recognition, not word shape — The old theory on word shapes ...


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Small caps are the bastard child of lowercase and uppercase. Other than purely aesthetic "design" reasons, I've yet to see a good use case for small caps where full uppercase or mixed-case (uppercase first letter with lowercase thereafter) isn't a better choice. You can get into the debate as to whether it's better to use uppercase or mixed-case, and I'm ...


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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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Survival The need of animals to visually recognise things in their environment for what they are, and in the case of humans - face recognition, are key survival skills. This cognitive ability has evolved in humans well before language was invented, let alone written one. As such, the brain ability to recognise imagery is quicker than its ability to ...



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