According to the last modification date of the file, I created this jquery plugin back in march 2011. As far as I remember, I was exploring 2 things at the same time :
- what fancy things can you do with the (at that time fairly) new text-shadow css property ?
- how do you write your own jquery plugin ?
On the css part, it’s quite simple. I just stack a couple of text shadows on top of each other; the change in size and color gives the impression of a gradient.