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Using Safari? Lucky You.

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I’ve spent the day scouring the web for information on whether or not any build of Mozilla has support for the CSS2 text-shadow property. It doesn’t, which sucks. Why does it suck? Because I’m not able to see what Safari 1.1+ users are able to see: drop shadows on text without graphics.

Skyzyx.com with text-shadow applied.

Now, I know that there are other ways to do it, but they require syncing the text on the page with text in your CSS file — which is fine if it’s a permanent header or something. But it doesn’t work as well with blogs.

So, alas, Safari 1.1+ users now can see the use of the text-shadow property on my site, even though I can’t. *sigh*

P.S. I didn’t work entirely blind. I used Dan Vine’s iCapture to see what I was doing.


Apparently, text-shadow has been in Bugzilla for 5 years! It appears that no one has bothered to write the code for it, and that’s the only reason why it hasn’t been implemented yet.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.