[pmwiki-users] it's time to change pmwiki default skin!
ccox at endlessnow.com
Sun Sep 11 17:25:43 CDT 2011
On 09/11/2011 02:35 PM, Forgeot Eric wrote:
> why not proposing a new default pmwiki skin?
> - for the default installation
> - and for the http://www.pmwiki.org website?
> The current one is not attractive at all (blue, underlined links), it looks like it was designed in 1992, and therefore, it give the impression PmWiki is backward technology, and not powerful at all.
> Visit http://wordpress.org/ and http://www.pmwiki.org
> Which one is giving more confidence and self confidence?
> I think a skin like this one could be great: http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/AlalikeSkin
> Or you could drive a contest for a default skin: it would give not only a better default skin, but also several new ones for the skin collection!
I agree that it might be time for another reorganization of how information is
presented.... with the caveat that "good" reorganization would break linkages...
so you can only go so far if that's important.
With regards to "the skin"... I like the simplicity of the skin... IMHO, what we
need is BETTER documentation about skins. I've created non-public skins that
are absolutely amazing for PmWiki... skins which actually exploit PmWiki
itself... something the current skin doesn't do too much of. Of course, there
are also features of PmWiki that did not exist at the time of "the skin"... so
there is even more than could be done.
Perhaps what is needed is some "fun"... maybe a contest for skinning the site?
Just my opinion, but there still isn't a good skinning doc at PmWiki... and...
(and I'll get dinged for this)... the contributed skins don't really do PmWiki
justice either. Just saying. I think there are too many people that try to be
skin designs. Again, just saying.
As an example... the logo... it should be an included page. In fact it could be
a multi-fall back included page... so that it could change based on context
even. And the same could be done for page banners and the like. All of this is
DEFAULT PmWiki... skins should be SIMPLE... customizations should be elegant and
leverage the power of PmWiki... again... just saying.
For me, if people could see the elegance of a skin design that truly leverages
PmWiki instead of HTML (again, the current skin does some work to present a
SearchBox... and in all fairness, that can be DONE using PmWiki markup...)... if
people could see that elegance of design.... IMHO, it helps truly sell it...
but NONE of that is really PmWiki. Just saying...
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