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Last year I posted about work to have semi-transparent rendering of not only shape fill and shape borders, but also shape text in Draw. Now the same semi-transparent text feature is available in Writer as well. This improves compatibility with Word, which supports the same feature in its DOCX format. You can access the new option in the Format → Character dialog.
Here is how the new, old and reference rendering looks like:
Want to start using this?
You can get a snapshot / demo of Collabora Office and try it out yourself right now: try unstable snapshot. Collabora is a major contributor to LibreOffice and all of this work will be available in TDF’s next release too (7.0).