Unreadable labels with light wallpaper

Bug #915945 reported by Luca Chiodini on 2012-01-13
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)
ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Problem type: whislist

If the wallpaper color is too light, labels seem double.
(See the attached image)

Put a black outline at labels.

(I'm not really sure this is a compiz issue, maybe unity is involved too).

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-8.15-generic-pae 3.2.0
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-8-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.90-0ubuntu1
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,snap,place,compiztoolbox,move,mousepoll,grid,vpswitch,gnomecompat,regex,resize,imgpng,wall,animation,session,fade,scale,unitymtgrabhandles,workarounds,expo,ezoom,unityshell]
Date: Fri Jan 13 11:56:43 2012
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/compiz
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta i386 (20111005)
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Luca Chiodini (l-chiodini) wrote :
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) wrote :

Not a compiz/unity bug. Maybe the theme engine can been involved too.

affects: compiz (Ubuntu) → nautilus (Ubuntu)
Luca Chiodini (l-chiodini) wrote :

Ok, I assigne it to light-themes packet

affects: nautilus (Ubuntu) → compiz (Ubuntu)
affects: compiz (Ubuntu) → light-themes (Ubuntu)

Is a very annoying bug.
Cause eye strain.
Fix it for Ubuntu 12.04 please!

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

Nautilus always have drawn the desktop's text that way. There are plenty of posts in the blogosphere about this matter.

Now with Nautilus 3.2.x, the work to draw the text's shadow passed to be a GTK theme's task, and since the themes are witten with CSS, I wonder if the text's shadow style can be edited like in a web page. If that is possible, I would add a bigger, blurred shadow to the text, fixing this bug.

Luca Chiodini (l-chiodini) wrote :

Please note that Unity 5.0.0 does NOT fix this bug.

Really, please fix this bug within Ubuntu 12.04 since that is a LTS release
and this important graphical issue cannot there's.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

@l-chiodini13, comment #7: This is not a bug produced by or fixable in Unity ;)

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

After some investigation, I discovered that in the current CSS implementation in GTK is not possible to add a text-shadow with blur (the shadow is not rendered), so we are forced to stick with the current 1px shadow in the desktop until GTK gets compatible with blurred text-shadows.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2012-12-11
Changed in gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low

Multiple text shadows can be defined. This was how the Salience theme project got around a similar bug ( Bug 1025443 ), by defining four shadows for desktop items: up, down, left and right. Blurring would be nice, but this could be a possible temporary solution.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2013-12-25
affects: light-themes (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged

Still an issue in Trusty.

tags: added: trusty
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