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This extension is bundled with MediaWiki 1.18 and above and replaced by core functionality included in MW 1.22 and thus obsoleted.
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Release status: stable

Implementation MyWiki, Skin
Description Improves on the user interface elements of the Vector skin
Author(s) Trevor Parscal, Roan Kattouw
Latest version 0.3.0
MediaWiki 1.16.x-1.21.x
Database changes No
License GPL v2
Example test.wikipedia.org
  • $wgVectorFeatures
  • $wgCollapsibleNavBucketTest
  • $wgCollapsibleNavForceNewVersion
  • $wgVectorSectionEditLinksBucketTest
  • $wgVectorSectionEditLinksLotteryOdds
  • $wgVectorSectionEditLinksExperiment
Hooks used


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The Vector extension adds a few enhancements to the Vector skin. Note that these features are only available in Vector, not in other skins.

MediaWiki version: 1.21

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • Download and extract the files in a directory called Vector in your extensions/ folder. If you're a developer and this extension is in a Git repository, then instead you should clone the repository.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
require_once( "$IP/extensions/Vector/Vector.php" );
  • Done! Navigate to "Special:Version" on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Features[edit | edit source]

EditWarning[edit | edit source]

The EditWarning feature warns the editor when they leave the edit form without saving. This feature has been integrated in MediaWiki core as of MediaWiki 1.22.

Enabled by adding:

$wgDefaultUserOptions['useeditwarning'] = 1;

Set false to disable EditWarning globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['editwarning']['global'] = false;

Allow users to enable EditWarning in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['editwarning']['user'] = true;

CollapsibleTabs[edit | edit source]

Collapse the navigation tabs on top when space is tight.

Enabled by default. Set false to disable CollapsibleTabs globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['collapsibletabs']['global'] = false;

Allow users to enable CollapsibleTabs in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['collapsibletabs']['user'] = true;

CollapsibleNav[edit | edit source]

Make the sections in the left navigation collapsible/expandable.

Enabled by default. Set false to disable CollapsibleNav globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['collapsiblenav']['global'] = false;

Allow users to enable CollapsibleNav in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['collapsiblenav']['user'] = true;

FooterCleanup[edit | edit source]

  • Makes the "View templates on this page" and "View hidden categories on this page" lists collapsible and collapsed by default.
  • Also, if WikiEditor is loaded, removes the .editHelp (link to MediaWiki:Edithelppage with label MediaWiki:Edithelp) element and the "|" from after the cancel link.
  • Various additional CSS adjustments.

Disabled by default. Set true to enable FooterCleanup globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['footercleanup']['global'] = true;

Allow users to enable FooterCleanup in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['footercleanup']['user'] = true;

ExpandableSearch[edit | edit source]

Expands the Search box when focused.

Disabled by default. Set true to enable ExpandableSearch globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['expandablesearch']['global'] = true;

Allow users to enable ExpandableSearch in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['expandablesearch']['user'] = true;

SectionEditLinks[edit | edit source]

Moves section edit links over to be next to the heading text and add an icon to them. Also includes bucket-testing and click-tracking functionality for evaluating the impact of this feature. More information about the design behind this feature here.

Disabled by default. Set true to enable SectionEditLinks globally.

$wgVectorFeatures['sectioneditlinks']['global'] = true;

Allow users to enable SectionEditLinks in their preferences.

$wgVectorFeatures['sectioneditlinks']['user'] = true;

SimpleSearch[edit | edit source]

Improve the look and feel of the search box. The Vector skin has a basic version of simple search, which must be enabled to take advantage of the enhanced version, by adding the following to LocalSettings.php.

$wgVectorUseSimpleSearch = true;
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