The Def Leppard Archive

The New Look

The Def Leppard Archive has a new look

Screenshot of the original look of the Def Leppard Archive The old look had been around since the Def Leppard Archive opened in 1996. That's almost 7 years without any changes to the layout. In Internet years, that's over a century. The design was purposely simple so that it would be accessible by everyone.

'The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.' -- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web"

I took the path of least resistance though, and sacrificed many interesting technologies and features by keeping the site as spartan as possible.

But no longer.

Accessible does not equal boring.

Screenshot of the new look of the Def Leppard Archive The new look is more vivid and fits better into the color scheme that is used in the album X. I took advantage of some new web technologies that make for a more powerful and flexible World Wide Web. Below is a short list of some of the changes that have been made. New features will be added in the future as time permits.

New floating background.
The floating background (the X from the X cover) changes color and contrast as it goes from the white foreground into the blue background. Scroll the page and see how the X changes color as it enters the central section.
Easily accessible menubar
The quick link menubar that lets you jump from one page to another is always on your screen (currently at the bottom). And this is all done without evil frames.
Full transparency in images
Full transparency means that I can overlay multiple images on top of each other and still see parts of the bottommost image. This allows for really interesting effects that are visually stunning.
Alternate stylesheets
Don't like the current look of the site? No problem, having an alternate stylesheet means that with the click of a button you can give an entirely new look to the page. The possibilities are endless.

If you don't see the new layout, chances are you are using an old browser. But that's OK, since I've made sure that even old browsers can see all the content here. What browsers can see the new layout? Netscape (6 or higher), Mozilla, Opera, Safari, Camino, Galeon and Konqueror all work correctly. Microsoft's Internet Explorer (even version 6) is old and refuses to be standards compliant and will not work with the new layout. Netscape Navigator 4 also will not work (after all, it is 8 years old!).


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