[MediaWiki-l] Requesting help and advice on making a custom Vector skin

Daniel Friesen daniel at nadir-seen-fire.com
Fri Jan 18 00:56:59 UTC 2013

On Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:51:32 -0800, Arcane 21 <arcane at live.com> wrote:

> My question is simple: How do I (A) clone the Vector skin and (B) make  
> it so my customized Vector skin can have custom background and text  
> colors.
> I tried using this skin initially: https://code.google.com/p/darkvector/
> Unfortunately, it has graphical errors in my version of MediaWiki  
> (currently 1.19.3), so I decided it would be better to take my own  
> version of Vector, clone under a different name (currently DarkVector is  
> the name I'm using), then I planned to make my own version of darkvector  
> (I was going to change the colors slightly, but I like the version on  
> google code)
> Unfortunately, I'm only really good at editing CSS. I tried editing my  
> clone .php files, but I either (A) keep screwing up the layout (and the  
> sidebar disappears) or (B) I get it looking right but all of my edits to  
> the screen.css to change the colors have no effect.
> I'm not sure I know what I doing, so if someone could walk me through  
> what I'd like to do or could provided me pointers on what I might be  
> getting wrong, I would appreciate the assistance.

You don't want to clone vector. Rather you want to create a skin that's  
based on it.

See http://blog.redwerks.org/2012/02/28/mediawiki-subskin-tutorial/

~Daniel Friesen (Dantman, Nadir-Seen-Fire) [http://danielfriesen.name/]

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