The MediaWiki interface is the entirety of the output HTML code of a wiki page except the body text itself. The interface includes the tabs above each page, the side bar, and personal links.
Localizing the interface[edit | edit source]
The default interface for many languages is defined in the MediaWiki localization files, and will update automatically if the language set by $wgLanguageCode or if a user's preferences is changed.
You can edit the text strings and images displayed for the current user interface language via the special page Special:Allmessages. For more information on this page and editing these messages, please see:
- Manual:System messages
- meta:Help:System messages
- translatewiki.net, the MediaWiki localisation project
Customizing the interface[edit | edit source]
Depending on one's requirements and programming expertise, there are several different customization techniques available:
- Skins: Fundamental changes to the layout of the interface may require attaching functions to one or more skin hooks and/or the creation of a custom skin. For more information, please see Manual:Skins.
- /Stylesheets: improve layout and design using CSS.
- /IDs and classes: a list of common IDs and classes.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Manual:Forms - discusses how to add forms to both the interface and within the body of articles.
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