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Crossbrowser CSS dropshadows

Very simple problem with a pretty complicated solution, mostly because IE is ignoring the box-shadow CSS3 property. Instead progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Shadow is doing the trick for it and an equivalent can be found.

box-shadow: 4px 4px 8px #000;

for the white shadow is visually-similar to


because box-shadow has the parameters:

horizontal-offset, vertical-offset, blur-radius, color

and progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Shadow:

direction (90 for right bottom, it can also be 0, 45, 135, 180, 225, 270 and 315 )
strength (the distance, in pixels, that a filter effect extends - more like the combination of 4px 4px in the box-shadow)

What it doesn’t have is the blur-radius. Altough progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Blur exist, it will blur the content of the box too, making the text unreadable.

The result is quite similar, with some small differences in how IE displays the corners. As you can see the top-right corner and the bottom-right corner are a mess (the bottom-left doesn’t feel very well either), but let’s be grateful they exist…

crossbrowser dropshadows in mozilla and internet explorer

You can check the demo link if you want to play with other browsers.
The complete CSS code for all browsers is:

.black-shadow { 
-moz-box-shadow: 4px 4px 8px #000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 4px 4px 8px #000;
box-shadow: 4px 4px 8px #000;
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Shadow (color=#000000,direction=90,strength=8)
        progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Shadow (color=#000000,direction=180,strength=8)

Check the Spanish version of this post:
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