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chiseled appearance

The appearance that lines have been etched into a surface, by using adjacent dark and light lines casting the correct shadow (usually assuming a top-left light source). This style should be avoided for text because of its poor legibility. In the Windows interface, the chiseled appearance is used to indicate items that are unavailable. In the Java look and feel, the chiseled appearance is used to achieve the flush-3d style.