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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 $wgLanguageCodeManual:$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:

Customizing the interface[edit | edit source]

Depending on one's requirements and programming expertise, there are several different customization techniques available:

  • System messages: Most look and feel customizations can be done by modifying system messages using the Special:AllMessages page. Editing interface messages is typically straightforward, just like editing a normal wiki page. These messages set defaults for various parts of the user interface and contain a combination of plain text, wiki markup, CSS and Javascript. For details, see the documentation of the individual messages.
  • 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.
  • /JavaScript: improve browser behavior using some scripts. Includes a list of JavaScript variables.
  • /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.