Skin projects

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== Skin name ==
*[[en:User/[monobook.css|myskin.css]]] <!-- where it is located (erase this comment)-->
*[[en:User/[monobook.js|myskin.js]]] <!-- where it is located (erase this comment)-->

[[Description, sketches, ideas, images, whatever]]


Nameless project[edit]

A skin for use on the english wikipedia as a user style, so only javascript and css. Using javascript to reorganize the page and make it more modern, e.g. drop-down menus and collapsible boxes. If anyone wants to help, feel free to edit en:User:Bart v M/myskin.css and en:User:Bart v M/myskin.js!

Blue-Gradient Skin Kinda (title subject to change)[edit]

Mockup of Blue-Gradient Skin
  • See the image for a mockup of my idea. Hopefully I'll be able to do this modifying PHP as little as possible, staying primarily within CSS and JS. The only PHP I can think of would be the Wiki title and possibly the code to make user-links on separate lines (haven't found that part in Monobook.php yet). Any help figuring out how to implement this would be appreciated. --CannotResolveSymbol 05:26, 19 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Looks sorta like wikinews:Wikinews:Custom skin. Bawolff 21:35, 5 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

FratMan[edit] skin by

Jason Pearce's FratMan skin is a light, minimalist skin that was first developed for MediaWiki v1.4 in April 2005. Others have updated the skin to improve browser compatability and work with MediaWiki updates. The latest skin, developed by Anand in September 2006, works with MediaWiki v1.7. Visit Jason Pearce's website to download all versions.[edit]

At there is a new Book layout for Wiki Pages. Right now it is 1.6.8 IE6 friendly only.

>>Will this skin project be shared in the future?

Suggested projects[edit]

  • Simple skin for novice users. Something like what is done at pbwiki.
  • Advanced, with as many text-links as possible replaced with icons, popup tooltips made in Javascript, various js-powered hideable menus; and several css colour schemes for the user's choice (so one could choose them by a js-powered switch, or in the web browser). All written in Strict XHTML, with external .js files and stylesheets. Usable on all media, resolutions etc.
  • Soviet, a skin that would have a soviet look. All red and everything.
  • Tech-Style, a modern blue-grey kind of style used for many Sci-Fi style websites
  • Apart from only adding visual style, I believe, that you'd need to concentrate on a Encyclopedia-Style. Something, that renders more into "electronic-encyclopedia" rather than "website". With CSS certain elements of a web-page can be even hidden. This would allow to hide the WIKI elements and present Wikipedia as Read-Only to users, who are not interested in participating. Of course, I would recommend, that this skin can be selected only by people, who know a little more about Wikipedia. The "right-there" nature of editing inspires users to participate. Rendering the WIKI nature of Wikipedia invisible might also render participation away.
  • Not exactly skin-related: An XUL (Mozilla) application, that can be downloaded and used for reading Wikipedia. This might allow for additional functions. Maybe.
  • How about a skin project that makes it possible to view Wikipedia from a handheld without having to go to one of the external sites that been built for that purpose. Then we would have all the info up to date and maybe even be able to do editing from our handheld, although I am not sure anyone would want to do that. It should not be impossible. Just make everything in one column and perhaps put very small thumbnails for the images, if possible.
  • DueWiki-type layout: I was looking around for a layout that looks exactly like Duewiki and happened to find it. The good thing about this layout is that it narrows the reading width to just about right for comfortable reading. Apart from that, it allows those who need some advertising income to disburse their hosting cost through the column on the right which also brings some color to those articles that are full-text and looks rather dull. Lastly, it looks real neat and tidy, without clutter.
  • There ought to be skin which is designed to be mobile friendly.
  • What would be nice: A skin with scalable border images for enclosing #content, #bodyContent, etc. This might be semi-workable at present with vertically tiling images, but horizontal seems to be another matter. I've been trying to achieve this but at can only get either a fixed width or an upper-left corner image. It should mimic tables yet be containable in a div using CSS, and/or work the same as nested divs (making nested divs possible). If anyone knows of this working somewhere already, do please let me know. Sasoriza 01:01, 9 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Convert all portlets (p-personal, p-navigation, #p-interaction, p-tb, #p-coll-create_a_book, p-lang) to p-cactions drop down menus that remain in a fixed position at the top of the screen. Completely eliminate the sidebar and expand the main page content to full screen. Make a new p-cactions tab with a drop down menu of the table of contents. Lemmiwinks2 01:01, 13 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Paint It Black: A black background (see Blackle and my proposed skin idea at Meta). 02:44, 11 February 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Front-end Skin or Skin Frontend: A skin for non-logged-in users designed to look like a website front-end, instead of backend. Ie, Remove most menus (they don't need them), and just emphasize the articles. This would be some simple CSS that would be compatible with most of the above ideas. I think i'll write it. Back in a few.