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This skin comes with MediaWiki 1.31 and above. Thus you do not have to download it again. However, you still need to follow the other instructions provided.
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Timeless
Release status: beta
Timeless MediaWiki Skin.png
Author(s) Isarra
MediaWiki 1.31+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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Parameters
* $wgTimelessBackdropImage
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Skin based on Winter and an attempt to incorporate all the sensible things suggested on this 2015 Village pump discussion into a skin. Shh. Don't tell them. They thought I wasn't serious.

The general aim is to make a fully featured skin that emphasises both content and editing tools, with multiple view modes for showing everything, focusing only on content (winter), or switching to dark/night viewing. One day it will actually do this.

InstallationEdit

  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Timeless in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadSkin( 'Timeless' );
  • Configure as required.
  •   Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.

ConfigurationEdit

The following are only supported in MediaWiki 1.34+

$wgTimelessBackdropImage (string, default 'cat.svg')
Set it as you would $wgLogo to an appropriate background image. Recommendation is an svg set to 500-750px wide: svg for HiDPI support; the size can really be whatever, but where that will result in a similar behind-content look as with the default cat.
For a background to potentially also work unmodified with other background-colour themes if and when they are later implemented, a transparent single-colour image is recommended, with 20-50% opacity black/white, where the alpha values of the b/w parts are likewise around 10-50/255, as this should allow it to work on most anything that isn't pure white/black.
Examples (which actually don't follow the above recommendation and thus probably won't work on dark backgrounds): Timeless backdrop (wiktionary).svg and Timeless backdrop (metawiki).svg
$wgTimelessLogo (null|string|array, default null)
Special logo rendering, allowing for custom logos for Timeless specifically (such as a square logo version without the wordmrk in order to avoid duplication with the header). Also provides slightly better HiDPI support than using $wgLogoHD, as that only works for 135x135px logos, and scales all high-res logos down to this size.
Can be used to point Timeless at a File uploaded onwiki (remember to protect the file if using this) simply by providing the file name, or you can specify the logo path details manually using an array.
To reuse a $wgLogo and $wgLogoHD already set for a nominally 160x160px logo, but where the HD versions also come out the right size:
$wgTimelessLogo = [
	'1x' => $wgLogo,
	'1.5x' => $wgLogoHD['1.5x'],
	'2x' => $wgLogoHD['2x'],
	'width' => 160,
	'height' => 160
];
To use File:Cows.svg uploaded onwiki:
$wgTimelessLogo = 'Cows.svg';
  • Note that uploaded logos work best as svgs or as 2x- or higher-sized rasters, and will be scaled down for each target resolution. Obviously this approach requires file uploads and thumbnailing to be enabled.
  • Recommended nominal sizes probably around 135px to 165px.
$wgTimelessWordmark (null|string|array, default null)
To use an image instead of the default Linux Libertine serif text for the header banner wordmark. Same usage approach as $wgTimelessLogo.
So the english Wikipedia might use Wikipedia wordmark.svg, like so:
$wgTimelessWordmark = 'Wikipedia wordmark.svg';
Or specify an array of each resolution version, plus the dimensions, per above (more likely with them, frankly).
  • If not using an uploaded file onwiki, specifying the dimensions is required.
  • Recommended nominal size up to 200px wide by 38px tall.