MediaWiki Skins Design
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- A practical, clear guide to building custom MediaWiki skins
- Extensive guidance on adjusting the layout and design of your MediaWiki's appearance
- Change every aspect of MediaWiki's appearance to produce a wiki that's fully tailored to your requirements
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 248 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2008
ISBN : 1847195202
ISBN 13 : 9781847195203
Author(s) : Richard Carter
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Open Source
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Formatting the Body
Chapter 3: Formatting Interface Elements
Chapter 4: Changing the Layout
Chapter 5: Useful MediaWiki Functions
Chapter 6: Adding Decorative Elements
Chapter 8: Social Networking and MediaWiki
Chapter 9: Deploying Your MediaWiki Skin
Chapter 10: MediaWiki Print Styles
Appendix A: Troubleshooting Browser Issues with MediaWiki
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Errata- 1 submitted: last submission 10 Sep 2012
Errata type: Code Page number: 24
Open this file and edit the line that reads- class SkinMonoBook extends SkinTemplate to read class YourSkinName extends SkinTemplate, but replace YourSkinName with the name of your new skin.
Should read replace with 'SkinYourSkinName'.
What you will learn from this book
- Understand the architecture of a MediaWiki skin: how CSS, PHP, and image files work together to create a particular look.
- Customize all aspects of your wiki's appearance: the article display screens, the editing screens, the fonts, images, layout and colors.
- Integrate your wiki with services such as Twitter, YouTube, and features from your own website.
- Make your wiki more user-friendly: use interface design to encourage edits, make articles more readable, and make the wiki easier and more fun to use.
- Create print style sheets for your wiki, making it easy for users to get hard copies of wiki pages.
- Ensure your skin is compatible with the major browsers, including the popular but badly behaved Internet Explorer.
- Deploy your skin to a live MediaWiki server, and see how to distribute it to other MediaWiki owners.
- Study existing MediaWiki skins, and find out why the default skins aren't great for your wiki.
Wikis are a great way to collaborate and share knowledge online. MediaWiki is a popular and powerful wiki engine, powering some of the biggest wiki sites in the world â€“ including Wikipedia, the biggest and most famous wiki of all.
If you have a MediaWiki-based site and want to tailor its appearance, then this book is for you. MediaWiki Skins Design shows you how to fully customize the appearance and interface of your MediaWiki-based wiki. You will learn how to change every aspect of your wikii's appearance to produce a MediaWiki site fully tailored to your requirements.
The book provides full details of how MediaWiki skins work, and the necessary template and CSS customizations required to completely alter MediaWiki's appearance. Using this book, you will learn to develop rich, attractive, and friendly skins for MediaWiki.
This book will show the reader how to customize the appearance of their MediaWiki site by creating custom skins.
This book takes you step by step through customizing your MediaWiki skin. It is full of practical examples of MediaWiki skinning techniques, and clear explanations of how MediaWiki skinning works.
Who this book is for
This book is aimed at web designers or wiki administrators who want to customize the look of MediaWiki with custom skins.
The reader will already have a MediaWiki installation that they are targeting with their skin. It might be their own installation, or they might be a designer developing a custom look for a client. The book does not cover setting up or using MediaWiki, except features specifically related to skinning.
The book assumes that you are familiar with CSS and HTML, but no prior knowledge of PHP is required.