[themes] [design] Develop a strategy to keep fonts readable wherever we allow the user setting his own background image

Bug #1391560 reported by Michael Zanetti on 2014-11-11
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This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu UX
Medium
Jouni Helminen
unity8 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

As discussed with Olga, we need to develop a strategy on keeping the fonts readable when we allow the user to change the background. This is currently the case on the Greeter and the Lockscreens.

Related branches

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
summary: - Develop a strategy to keep fonts readable wherever we allow the user
- setting his own background image
+ [themes] Develop a strategy to keep fonts readable wherever we allow the
+ user setting his own background image
tags: added: ota-2
kevin gunn (kgunn72) on 2014-11-17
summary: - [themes] Develop a strategy to keep fonts readable wherever we allow the
- user setting his own background image
+ [themes] [design] Develop a strategy to keep fonts readable wherever we
+ allow the user setting his own background image
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

What the current desktop (with nautilus) is doing is to have a border around the text in an "opposite" color, this way you always get contrast, if it's not with the border it's with the font one ... could be an approach to take here

Oliver Grawert (ogra) wrote :

in case someone needs an example http://people.canonical.com/~ogra/greeter-wallpaper.png (the screenshot is even more readable than the real thing, the date below the time is completely unreadable on the display with such a noisy wallpaper)

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

Nautilus actually uses a small drop-shadow, not a border. Attached a snapshot of how it looks.

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Jouni Helminen (jounihelminen)
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: High → Medium
Jouni Helminen (jounihelminen) wrote :

I think we need a small drop shadow on the text on these screens.

Can we use http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qml-qtgraphicaleffects-dropshadow.html

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Triaged → Fix Released
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

Back to New since Design commented on a possible solution

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Michael Zanetti (mzanetti) wrote :

back to new as Jouni told me he's not happy with the linked branch.

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Fix Committed → New
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: New → Triaged
Jouni Helminen (jounihelminen) wrote :

The design direction was to avoid use of drop shadows on text, and use the dark overlay between the image and text instead

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

As per Jouni the solution for greeter/lockscreen is already on the images so setting as fix released.

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
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