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[SUGGESTION] Shadowed edges for the side menus & icons

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PostGuest on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 05:23

I've got a small suggestion for the next theme update: Shadowed edges for the side menus & Widget menu toggler + Quick navigation toggler icons.


Looking at for instance the Windows 10 start menu, it casts a small (3 - 5 px.) almost transparent grey-ish shadow, making it look like it's being lifted from the pages.




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PostAnge Tuteur on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:36

Shadow-wise I'd like to refrain from using them too much, because they can be a bit heavy -- especially on objects that are constantly visible like the side menus. A border on the other hand might be a better choice.. Think

These are some sample snippets.

Shadow :
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.module_column, .widget_menu {
  box-shadow:3px 3px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.176);
}
Adds a shadow to both the buttons and column.


Border :
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.module_column {
  border-right:1px solid rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.1);
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Adds a border to just the column. ( I might use a different method than this )


I'll probably go with the border, as to add some separation between the navbar and footer.
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PostGuest on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:38

Alright. So, you like the suggestion (not in full, but just another method)?
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PostAnge Tuteur on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:46

Yeah, I agree that some separation is needed between the content and side panels. What do you think of this ?

It adds a subtle border on the column.

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.module_column:after {
  content:"";
  background:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.25);
  position:absolute;
  top:0;
  bottom:0;
  width:1px;
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.module_column.column_left:after { right:0; }
.module_column.column_right:after { left:0; }
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PostGuest on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:47

Perhaps you should go with a light grey-ish color and a bit more of a border... Could you give me another example?
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PostAnge Tuteur on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:52

A lighter variant would be rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.1) :
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PostGuest on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:54

Looks better now. But... it only shows at the footer. Is it me or did you only cover the footer in that story? It's hard to see any of a border next to the rest of the menu on the right.
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PostValoish on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:58

Since the color of the body of the forum is light the lighter border won't really show..
Since the borders on the widget's title are dark maybe the whole thing should stay dark?


PS. Is there supposed to be a left border for the title..?

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PostAnge Tuteur on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:58

Well that's because the panel already has a great deal of separation between the forum body. ( i.e. the body is white and the panel is a dark blue ) You'll only notice the difference on the header and footer, because the colors are much more similar. Now I wonder if it's even necessary for such a small portion.. Think
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PostGuest on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 12:00

I don't know. Just have another look at the original suggestion / request. That's where the border should be visible. Any of color. And not that narrow I've to go find it with a looking glass.

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