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    What is a "flat" style?

    I'm coming across the phrase "flat style" in the context of themes and their components but would appreciate someone explaining what defines a flat style.
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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    I've been on a bit of a "flat theme" kick for a while- I believe it means no 3D-like gradients, no shadowing, etc. Similar to the Windows 8 ex-Metro interface.

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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    My interest is to know if a flat style will consume fewer resources, however marginally, than other styles.
    I've been turning off shadows (box and text) and gradients wherever I can for quite a while.
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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    I very much doubt it consumes fewer resources.
    I just like the look (for a change). I was going to link my gnome-shell/gtk theme but I forget what it's called now.

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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    Quote Originally Posted by cortman View Post
    I very much doubt it consumes fewer resources. ...
    Here's just one link:
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3225589
    If you google for "box text shadow cpu usage" you'll find more.
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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    And here's a link to what a Midori (browser) dev suggested a while ago:
    Scrolling on website xyz is very slow

    Go to Tools > Extensions
    Enable 'User Addons' if it's not yet enabled
    Create a text file .local/share/midori/styles/scrollfix.user.css
    Put this into the file: * {-webkit-box-shadow: none !important;}
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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    Are we talking colors/gradient or effects, such as drop shadows/transparencies/scroll effects?
    Perhaps I've just misunderstood.

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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    I'm not well up on the terminology but I'd guess a flat style, in the context of themes as specified in the OP, is something that doesn't convey the impression of depth or "3D". The subsequent point was that conveying depth may have a noticeable price. Again, I did specify "however marginally" because of varying hardware specs.
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    Re: What is a "flat" style?

    Another example of flat style theme.

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