Using the Shadow Element

This topic describes VML, a feature that is deprecated as of Windows Internet Explorer 9. Webpages and applications that rely on VML should be migrated to SVG or other widely supported standards.

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In this topic, we will illustrate how to use the <shadow> sub-element to draw a shape that has various shadow effects.

You can place the <shadow> sub-element inside the <shape>, <shapetype>, or any predefined shape element to draw a shape with a shadow. You can then use the property attributes of the <shadow> sub-element to customize the shadow.

For example, to create a shape with a shadow, as shown in the following picture, you can type the following lines in the <BODY> region of your Web page:

shape1.gif (887 bytes)

<v:oval style='width:120pt;height:80pt;' fillcolor="red">
<v:shadow on="t" type="perspective"
origin=".5,.5" offset="0,0"

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  • on="t" and type="perspective" indicate to turn on the shadow using the perspective type.
  • The origin and offset indicate where to draw the shadow.
  • matrix="..." specifies the perspective transform matrix.

For more information about this element, see the VML specification .



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