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Let's talk transparency.

Why? Because I *love* transparency. When done right, that is. 99% of the time, however, I find transparency done in an utterly useless and obnoxious manner. See exhibit number 1:



Good transparency, on the other hand, understands the need of the software user to read the bloody text. See exhibits 2 and 3:



Great transparency understands the need to read text, understands that backgrounds vary, and understands what parts of the interface simply don't need to be there.



Of course I'm not saying that there's no user scenario where transparency of the font face should match that of the window, but for the most part, it's simply not the case. Yet the great majority of applications fail to understand this. It baffles me.

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