A lot of people asked me over the years when I was going to put a new layout up on the site. My answer stayed the same over time: "I don't see why I should spend time creating something looking different, since this one works well and still looks great. I like it." I still didn't really change my mind. The goal of this process was to refresh the background code, which was among the oldest still available on Interordi.com as a whole.
As an example of the code refresh, this is an old-style sub-section header:
<table border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 align="center" width=100%><tr>
<td background="../../images/h4_1.gif" width=25><img src="../../images/h4_0.gif"></td>
<td background="../../images/h4_2.gif" class="h4"> All maps </td>
<td background="../../images/h4_3.gif" width=25><img src="../../images/h4_0.gif"></td>
and this is the new version:
Do you see what I'm getting at? The design details themselves have been put in the CSS files instead, which makes the creation or edition of new pages much easier. Since this required me to go through all the pages, almost completely rewrite the code, and edit several images of the layout, I decided to go the extra mile and update the whole thing.
The end result is version 5 of the Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's Lab. Everything from the logo to the section borders has been overhauled. Some sections, such as the Downloads and FanArt, will now adapt to any screen resolution instead of looking at their best for 800x600 users only. The text is easier to read than before, and I think that everything looks a bit cleaner too. A nice result is that I can now put the top navigation bar on each page, which wasn't possible before. Ultimate X sent me the new logo now in use with perfect timing.
I'm still working on this, and some sections will stick with the older layout for the time being. They'll be converted one by one as I get to them. Since the two versions don't conflict with each other, I don't have to bring anything offline.
Have you found any problem with the new design, broken elements or things that don't display quite right? While I tested using both Internet Explorer and Firefox, and followed the various standards involved, it's possible that I overlooked something. Feedback is always appreciated!
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