[pmwiki-users] It's time to change pmwiki default skin!

Carlos AB cabsec.pmwiki at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 21:04:33 CDT 2011

Hi Forgeot, List,

I have created a group Called "NewSkinIdeas" and posted an initial idea there in


Feel free to comment and post new ideas.


On 9/13/11, Forgeot Eric <eforgeot at yahoo.fr> wrote:
> someone posted (off list):
>>Hmm, perhaps you could show what you'd do differently?
> I'm working on something, but I'm not a special talented designer, and I
> don't know much about CSS. (I often end up on the same designs)
> I'd be happy though to participate to a "contest", a brainstorming or a new
> group on PmWiki, as someone suggested.
> Again, I don't necessary thing everything should be redesigned, but a few
> adjustement could help to look better. The geany website (powered by PmWiki)
> is a good example of an attractive design, yet quite close to the original :
> http://geany.org/ . There are still blue links, but it's not  color:blue; .
> It's not perfect (followed links are not noticeable, it's still using
> tables), but it doesn't give a bad first impression.
> Also I don't think the default design is **that** easy to configurate,
> especially because of the tables which are probably necessary to remove (I
> don't find they render good in text based browsers, in links it's ok, but
> not in lynx).
> Also the menu is called wikileft, which needs to be renamed if the user
> wishes to put it on the right.
> The reference to microsoft-only fonts could be avoided: arial, verdana.
> Serif, sans-serif could be enough.
> I'd suggest to use a sans-serif for the menu, and a serif for the content,
> because serif is easier to read when there is lots of text (but this could
> be discussed)
> A fixed width, centered text area could be more readable for bigger screens.
> For smaller ones, the current theme is not adapted, in particular because of
> the left menu: on my phone, I have to scroll to be able to read the text.
> For helping people reading from a mobile phone or small screen, it's better
> to use this kind of recipe: http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/DetectMobile
> together with this kind of skin (I've made a derivative for my websites):
> http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/IPMWikiSkin
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