Is a Living/Private Blur possible in Views?

Can GTK blur text like it supports Bold, Italics and Underline in the views and Graphs?

A blur would be helpful for making screenshots for posting in questions and for making tutorial videos. It is labor-intensive to build sample genealogy data. If the Gramps GUI could apply a blurred text style for living persons and/or Private marked data, then we could use personal data for training and demos without worrying about exposing private data. A hotkey toggle would let users do quick screen grabs in the middle of a session.

Discourse has a blur for private info:

  • This is a spoiler blur. : This is a [spoiler]spoiler[/spoiler] blur.

In CSS, the approach is to set the text foreground color to fully transparent and show only a text-shadow. (The Shadow could inherit the Tag “RGB” values but layer the “a” transparency value.) However, text-shadow isn’t universally supported in all browsers and can be defeated by copy&paste into a text editor without styling support.

.blurry-text {
   color: transparent;
   text-shadow: 0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);

Here’s something that you can already do. It’s not quite as convenient as a hotkey, but just as effective. Go into Preferences - Display - Name and select the “Given” format, so that only first names are displayed. If that’s not enough privacy, then simply add a new name display format that consists only of static text such as “(private)”.

There may be other things that need to be masked in screen shots, such as source or media titles like “Birth Certificate - John Smith”.

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