- Since MediaWiki 1.26, gadgets are now required to use ResourceLoader - see ResourceLoader/Migration guide (users) for more details.
About ResourceLoader[edit | edit source]
- → See ResourceLoader/Features for a complete walk through of ResourceLoader
ResourceLoader solves this problem by loading resources on-demand and only for browsers that can run them. Although there is much more to it, the overall flow for client-side performance can be summarized by these 3 points:
- Minifying and concatenating
→ which reduces the code's size and parsing/download time
- Batch loading
→ which reduces the number of requests made
- Data URI embedding
→ which further reduces the number of requests, response time and bandwidth
Optionally images referenced in stylesheets can be embedded as data URIs. Together with the gzipping of the server response, those embedded images, together, function as a "super sprite".
Documentation[edit | edit source]
Manuals[edit | edit source]
- Features – Complete overview of ResourceLoader features.
- Developing with ResourceLoader – notes on configuring your development environment and on switching ResourceLoader between development and production modes.
- Migration guide for extension developers – a guide to making extensions to work with ResourceLoader.
- Migration guide (users)
- Default modules – an overview of all default modules and their methods, supported with documentation and examples.
- Vocabulary – the vocabulary used in ResourceLoader (such as Loader, Module, Requirement, etc.)
- Requirements – requirements gathered from a variety of sources during the planning stage.
Presentations[edit | edit source]
These presentations detail the purpose and results of ResourceLoader.
Tutorials[edit | edit source]
These presentations go more in-depth towards developers already familiar with MediaWiki development.
Project documents[edit | edit source]
- Version 1 Design Specification – the design specifications developed and maintained throughout the development process.
- Version 2 Design Specification – the design specifications begin developed for the next version.
Todo and tasks[edit | edit source]
- Tasks - Random uncategorized todo list
- Task management (V1) – tracking bug for V1
- Task management (V2) – tracking bug for V2
Mobile[edit | edit source]
The current implementation of the MediaWiki mobile view as provided by Extension:MobileFrontend has many caveats. For tips to using ResourceLoader to the best of its ability, please see Writing a mobile friendly ResourceLoader module.
|Documentation||Features · Vocabulary · Migration guide (users) · Migration guide (developers) · Developing with ResourceLoader · Core modules · Mobile support|
|Project information||Status updates · Version 1 Design Specification (tasks) · Version 2 Design Specification (tasks) · Requirements|